Last week in Milton, Wisconsin, three eighth-grade children overdosed on Heroin (which they believed to be Cocaine) in a park right outside of the local Police Department. Sadly two of these three boys are dead. However one child was very lucky and his life was saved because of a nearby Heroin addict. This "junkie" had a drug called Narcan, or Naloxone. He used it to resuscitate the young man. You may have read about Narcan in the listings on sites like MAP (http://mapinc.org
); it is a miracle pill (or a solution) which instantly begins to reverse a heroin overdose and saves the user's life.
If you have indeed read about Narcan before today, you would know that the American government wants to control Narcan almost to the point of scheduling it right up there with Heroin (and don't rule that out, either.) A lot of people in government would like junkies to simply drop dead, you see. Some of these people actually try to argue that it should only be in the hands of paramedics and not available to the public, because they are not trained health professionals. As if NOT DYING was ever a poor health decision. Even when delivered with a syringe, while sober, Naloxone does no harm.
The (unnamed) Heroin Hero of Milton, WI would have never been able to save this child's life had the bureaucrats in his district managed to abuse him as badly as those in other parts of the country. Now he is saving lives. Even if you still
want him to die, you have to be glad he lived this long.
My problem is that I had to glean this whole angle from about three or four lines of the sourced article. The event hasn't triggered anything but the standard Heroin discourse anywhere but here yet, and it probably won't. It focuses on the children who died and mentions the survivor so briefly, it's as if the subject was changed.
Even the cops have trouble admitting it happened:
The addict "did save this kid's life, more than likely," said Lt. John Conger.
I'm not glad anyone is dead, but still I hope the addict had more than a single dose of Narcan. Imagine having to decide which child's life to save.