Ohio Councilman Says We Should Just Let Addicts Die

America’s opioid epidemic has reached apocalyptic proportions. Now, one city councilman in the hard-hit town of Middletown, Ohio is proposing a shocking solution to the problem: just let the addicts die.

In response to the opioid epidemic that swept the nation — including the small city of Middletown, population 50,000 — council member Dan Picard floated an idea that's been called more of “a cry of frustration” than a legitimate solution.

At a council meeting last week, Picard proposed a three-strikes-style policy for people who repeatedly overdose: Too many overdoses and authorities wouldn't send an ambulance to resuscitate them.

The proposal had no serious chance of ever being adopted, but it underscores the utter exasperation of politicians and public safety officials on the frontlines of the crisis.

That frustration can also be felt here at home in California. Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Montezuma Fire Protection District are currently suing a number of pharmaceutical companies for their part in the crisis which, according to a legal complaint, has caused significant damage to public health and the local economy.


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