Stand­ing by idea

Coun­cil­man: No medic re­sponse in case of third over­dose

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MID­DLE­TOWN, OHIO» A city coun­cil­man in Ohio says he doesn’t re­gret his sug­ges­tion that emer­gency crews should stop sav­ing peo­ple who re­peat­edly over­dose.

Mid­dle­town City Coun­cil mem­ber Dan Pi­card asked just over a week ago if there is a law re­quir­ing the city to re­spond to over­dose calls. He sug­gested that peo­ple who over­dose should be forced to do com­mu­nity ser­vice to make up for the cost of an emer­gency run.

If they over­dose a third time, he said, no medics should re­spond.

“If you have a so­lu­tion, give it to me,” Pi­card told the Hamil­ton-Mid­dle­town Journal-News.

“We’re do­ing all these things, but at some point you have to have some per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity in your life.”

“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 said.

“We need to put a fear about over­dos­ing in Mid­dle­town.”

Pi­card said his com­ments “snow­balled,” lead­ing to nasty re­sponses and in­ter­view re­quests from news out­lets around the world. But he thinks the at­ten­tion is pos­i­tive be­cause it shows the city is open to any so­lu­tion.

“Most in­formed peo­ple know south­west Ohio is the epi­cen­ter of the opi­oid epi­demic,” he said.

“We’re not do­ing the ‘same old, same old’ and get­ting the same re­sults. We’re con­sid­er­ing al­ter­na­tives that can make an im­pact.”

City Man­ager Doug Ad­kins says EMS units are dis­patched for all med­i­cal emer­gen­cies as re­quired by Ohio law.

Ad­kins has said that Mid­dle­town is on pace to spend $100,000 on the opi­oidover­dose an­ti­dote nalox­one, while it bud­geted only $10,000 for the year.

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