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Old Posted May 13, 2017, 4:13 PM
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There is something to that - dealers are killing their best customers.

I have to admit my first reaction to this was dismay that almost 1,000 people died overdosing last year. Then I started reading about how First Responders were burning out and being overtaxed by responding to so many OD's. Often they'd revive a person one week, only to have them OD again the next. And then I started getting angry that resources were being consumed by those who weren't learning from it, and that productive members of society could die if for example they waited for an ambulance after a heart attack because some guy OD'ed for the third time. Maybe that's selfish.
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Old Posted May 13, 2017, 6:37 PM
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There is something to that - dealers are killing their best customers.

I have to admit my first reaction to this was dismay that almost 1,000 people died overdosing last year. Then I started reading about how First Responders were burning out and being overtaxed by responding to so many OD's. Often they'd revive a person one week, only to have them OD again the next. And then I started getting angry that resources were being consumed by those who weren't learning from it, and that productive members of society could die if for example they waited for an ambulance after a heart attack because some guy OD'ed for the third time. Maybe that's selfish.
The eternal question of healthcare - how much resources do you devote to people intent on causing themselves harm? There's no clear answer, so the only real course of action is treat addicts just like everyone else and hope they have a moment of clarity. Some addicts do break out of addiction, so to condemn them because of their abuse problem seems callous.
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