I am a student at Bridgewater State University and a resident of Taunton. Taunton has been in the news for the opioid crisis. I am a mother and a wife who has five children, and every corner I drive to all I can see is drug deals.
I read that an Ohio town is trying to pass a “three strikes” policy to limit the number of times someone who overdoses on opioids can receive Narcan from first responders. I do not believe that this would be the answer to Taunton’s epidemic. Many people believe that this rule should be nationwide — that it’s one thing to be rescued if someone overdoses once, but not three times. But if this policy did come to Taunton, what ethical dilemma would this cause for the responders who administer this drug? First responders are responsible for the protection and preservation of life. Where is the line to be drawn ethically on who is to be saved and who is not to be saved over a number?