Monday, August 29, 2016

VT pharmacies to issue naloxone prescription-free

In a few days, users of naloxone — known by its brand Narcan — will no longer need a prescription to purchase the potentially life-saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.

www.eagletimes.com    

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  1. Sure, make it "safer" to use heroin. Neither I, nor most people I knew, were stupid enough to try smack back in the day because we were afraid of addiction and death. How many young people will now get hooked, thinking they can just take Narcan when they OD? And don't give me that crap about making it legal, Chuck!

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    1. chuck gregory8/30/16, 5:19 PM

      "Facts don't cease to exist because they are ignored."
      --Aldous Huxley

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  2. now the druggies will really get into the drug's,they can do all the drug's they want and when they OD a friend can give them a dose and they will be OK to do more drugs,smart thinking on the states part

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    1. The tax on pot sales probably would have paid for this, however, the
      "we know better than you" legislature decided "the timing just isn't right.". Oh, Vermont....

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    2. Only a true stoner could suggest legalizing one drug to subsidize another!

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  3. but if your kid needs an Epi pen parents have to pay, not to mention the 500% mark up! And to 4:00am, who bothers to pay any attention to Chuck. He's good for a laugh!

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  4. Philip Caron8/30/16, 10:53 AM

    Anon. 4:00 AM - I'm hearing that a lot of heroin use these days is not by young people, it's by older people who can't afford pain medications. Like truck drivers with bad backs. This has been reported in the news, and I've heard anecdotal support from several sources, including the police. Further, those over-expensive and sometimes under-prescribed pain medications are themselves often opioids, and for various reasons people often overdose on those. I am against legalizing heroin and other dangerous drugs, but I also don't have any great suggestions.

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    1. It's true that not all heroin users are kids. A good friend of mine was a Navy Seal with a bullet in his back from Grenada. His problem was lack of strength from the pain relievers at that time, not expense. He started taking heroin, and his life spiralled out of control; he lost his business, his wife left him, and he disappeared. The painkillers available nowdays would probably have helped him, at least for a time. The problem with narcotics is the development of a tolerance, you have to keep using more and more of them. I have no solutions for people like this either, but my experience is that most of the people who OD are recreational users trying to get higher. Easy access to Narcan will give them a false sense of security that will only make them try harder.

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    2. Philip, were in the news have you seen this reported for Vt. What police agencies have you heard this from? What news have you been listening to Liberal news. Vermont wants to impose a $1.00 a gallon tax on home heating fuel, gas and kerosene, bet the seniors will love that while trying to hold onto their homes. Albeit to pay for this crap. Oh and did you know George Soro's Paid Al Gore 30 million dollars to promote global warming? We live in Vt. and we depend on fossil fuel! Ask Alice Emmonds about her coal stove.

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    3. Philip Caron8/31/16, 8:16 PM

      I've been told this both by Springfield police and an officer from Worcestor MA. It was said that Burlington and Rutland are also seeing significant shifts in who uses heroin, as well as increased incidence. There was a report on NPR about the changing demographics. Here's a couple online articles - there are others.

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/04/the-white-collar-heroin-problem.html

      http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/07/420874860/heroin-use-surges-especially-among-women-and-whites

      Note, I hope I was clear, I don't want to see legalization of this drug or any others. Any solution will have to reflect the scope of the problem. It may also have to include prescription opioid abuse too. I doubt anything simple would work, and in any case it will involve money (as it already does.)

      I don't single out liberal or conservative news or views. One tries to get the most comprehensive data one can find or absorb, and then does one's own math.

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  5. Interfering with natural selection will only invite more appalling mechanisms. Evolution has always culled out the inferior elements, and it always will.

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  6. I take a very mild antidepressant for which I need a prescription but any dirt bag can get his "fix" for his fix problem otc.discrimination! Child needs an epipen and parents cannot afford one, too bad! Discrimination!

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    1. Republican Congress will not allow Medicaid/ Medicare and insurance companies to negotiate drug prices...this is why we need "socialized" medicine NATIONWIDE.

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  7. This LIFE SAVER is not FREE nor exactly CHEAP like the drug it counter acts. Bet it ends up on the Black Market and sold in the alleys just like the other "stuff". And like the EPI Pen, the CEO's and accounts will (already) know of its value and it is a sure bet that the price for saving a life will go UP. Lets make MONEY. Shi$$Y situation. Like giving a bottle of water to the kid who likes to play with matches.

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