Middletown is not adopting one councilman's controversial solution to the opioid crises sweeping Ohio and the nation, the city manager said Thursday.
Councilman Dan Picard’s drew national attention when he suggested last week letting addicts die instead of repeatedly reviving them with Narcan.
Narcan is the brand name for naloxone, the drug first responders use to revive overdose victims.
It’s become a massive burden on city budgets. Middletown is on track to spend $100,000 for Narcan when it only budgeted for $10,000, city officials said.
But Picard's aggressive idea ignited a massive backlash, overloading voice mail and flooding Middletown City Hall with hate mail, according to City Manager Douglas Adkins.
The city does not have a "three strikes" rule, he said.
“Middletown has done everything we know to do to be as progressive on this issue as we can,” Adkins said in a written statement. “We get harm reduction. We understand it’s a disease.”
Concerned about the rising costs of responding to drug overdoses, Picard floated the idea for paramedics to not respond to a third call from the same overdose victim.
“I want to send a message to the world that you don’t want to come to Middletown to overdose because someone might not come with Narcan and save your life,” Picard told the Journal-News last week. “We need to put a fear about overdosing in Middletown.
“No one has figured this problem out. Cities, States and the country as a whole all struggle to handle the epidemic,” Adkins said. “ It’s a national problem and we utilize the local resources we have to deal with the problem in our City.”
Council member Picard is not running for reelection.
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