Town Square for week of April 11, 2018

Town Square is an opinion column to which readers can submit their views. As a true community newspaper, we’re always looking for ways to include local thought and pertinent viewpoint, this forum is a way to share those thoughts. Civility and fair comment will always prevail. Naloxone is an opioid overdose-reversal drug available in Maryland without a prescription. The state offers free training in its use. The following are citizens’ views on the issue. This is Town Square for the week of April 11, 2018. – Editor

HELPLESS: When I took the training I received a free one, it expired and I picked up a new one for free. I don’t ever want to feel helpless and watch someone die.

PAYING: How is Maryland going to pay for naloxone? Where is the increase in funding for detox programs and interventions?
NO: You make the choice to use drugs, you pay the consequences.

NOT A CHOICE: Addiction isn’t a choice, and many opioid addictions are the result of over-prescribed painkillers. So they chose to take the medication given to them from a professional, they didn’t choose to then become addicted to that substance.

WHOSE FAULT? Big pharma pays doctors to prescribe their drugs to their patients. Those drugs have addictive properties. Someone takes the recommendation of their doctor. And now someone’s addicted and it’s their fault?

TAXES: That means our taxes pay it. Big Pharma should pay for it. They manufacture the opioids in the first place.

DOCTORS: Big pharma should not be responsible. They do not prescribe the medication nor are they pushing for the illicit use of their medication. It goes back to the doctors prescribing the medicines and not the companies making the medicines.

WILLPOWER: One of my four children is an addict and we do not carry naloxone. I don’t want to see him die, but I have had enough counseling to understand that the only way for him to kick the habit is through his own willpower and choice to stay sober and clean. Use of naloxone is a crutch, which enables a mindset of tacit acceptance rather than a willingness to fight to overcome the daily struggle.

GIFTED DANCERS: Congratulations to our local ABM Dancing Divas on their recent television appearance [Lifetime Network’s “Bring It,” March 30, reported in The Banner on April 4]. Let’s celebrate our gifted youth and congratulate them if you know any of these young dancers.

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