I have seen a lot of media coverage regarding the issuing of Naloxone (Narcan) free to drug addicts and their families. I can understand families wanting to have the means available to save their family member’s life. I am not unsympathetic to the drug addicted person’s inability to resist drugs. A second chance at a drug free life is certainly a worthwhile goal. But, keep in mind,  the drug addict had a choice to take the drugs.

I question why people who are allergic to bee stings, peanuts, etc., through no choice of their own, are not able to afford an EpiPen due to the exorbitant cost ($608 for a two-pack). A school or workplace should carry them. The cost is to the consumer. EpiPens have an expiration date and are refilled every 12 months. Naloxone also has a shelf life and will need to be distributed to these families again.

I question whether there is a requirement for the addicted person to enter a treatment program.

Drug addicts and allergy afflicted persons are at risk of an untimely and preventable death. I question why government officials are contemplating giving free Narcan to the drug addicted while allergy-afflicted children and adults go without EpiPens.

Carole Levesque, Durham

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