By TEMPLE LI
The mainstream media and politicos of various sorts have created a story-line that heroin use, heroin overdoses and heroin deaths are not just at historic levels, but that there is a true epidemic that has beset the United States. Maybe even as pandemic, for those who know the difference. If we listen to these propagandists, it’s as if a plague has hit us.
There, of course, are multiple salient differences between a true plague and voluntary drug use. The most notable is that, historically, people don’t contract a plague-type virus or bacterial infection through an activity that they choose to engage. No – it’s that they unfortunately and by awfully bad luck came in contact with someone (or something – like a rat) and wholly accidentally got stricken with the terror of a plague. Heroin addicts have caused their own demise.
All too often these total losers take no responsibility for their grossly negligent actions. Instead, they rely upon hard-working taxpayers to suffer the burden of trying to assist them from their self-imposed plight. And people like Ulster County legislator Richard Parete actually worsen the problem (a problem which is definitely over-hyped in the first place) instead of helping it.
A press release from Parete’s office, states:
“Ulster County Legislator Richard Parete is sponsoring a free community Narcan Training in cooperation with Dr. Raymond Harvey from the Institute for Family Health and Marie Shultis, Director of Awareness Inc., on Tuesday, September 13…’This free training is open to everyone from first responders to concerned citizens who may know someone involved in opioid use or someone who just wants to be prepared,’ offered Parete. ‘We want to give responsible people the tools to save the life of a friend or loved one who ends up in a dangerous and life threatening situation.’
“A free Narcan kit will be dispensed to each participant who attends the training. Narcan (naloxone) is a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. It cannot be used to get high and is not addictive. It is simple to administer and has been credited with saving many lives when administered during the first critical minutes.”
Okay…Fine…There’s nothing wrong with trying to help anyone with a problem. But here’s my problem: There are so many more worthy causes – so many deadly diseases that people do not cause themselves – where free medications should be dispensed and where free life-saving training should be provided. In this regard, public officials should be exclusively spending their taxpayer-paid time (in arranging events, appearing at events, and even drafting press releases) to assist in preventing and treating diseases that are not self-imposed.
In the cases where addicts have caused their own demise, such freebies are best left to be organized and provided for by family members, friends, and private charities. Statistics actually show that there is no such alleged epidemic, and that there is nothing more than a minuscule percentage of the population who have elected to become heroin addicts. I’m a millennial chick, but my empathy for these sad-sacks is very low’ conversely, it is very high for those inflicted with cancer and for all children who suffer from deadly diseases. And it’s to those types of people where our public officials need to provide the free benefits.
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