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


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.