The sheriff says, “LET THEM DIE,” “Stop giving away Narcan,” “They did this to themselves.” We all agree with the sheriff. It makes perfect sense. By Nicole Walmsley

The following post is from Nicole Walmsley. She is a Law Enforcement Liaison who works with police departments to help “Police Fighting Addiction.” This post is in response to a county sheriff in Ohio who brags he will never allow his officers to carry Narcan. A link to this information is provided below. BTW, the following is sarcasm…

The sheriff says, “LET THEM DIE,” “Stop giving away Narcan,” “They did this to themselves.” We all agree with the sheriff. It makes perfect sense.
By Nicole Walmsley

We agree with the sheriff from yesterday’s post. It makes perfect sense.
After all, we all see the addict. This person that did it to themselves and is such a drag on society, a menace to their family, and a problem for those that get paid to serve and protect.
So, let them die, and after they are gone, we can sit around and talk about lives that we knew nothing about when WE made the decision that they were not worth saving.

We can talk about the child that was sexually abused and tried to hide the pain in substances. We can talk about the youth that was physically abused and wanted to escape the pain and thought substances would help. We can talk about the teen that was just a bit different, and as a result was chastised, bullied and belittled, and thought that the drug was actually a friend. We can talk about the kid that was prescribed medication, and because WE did not educate them appropriately, found themselves addicted. And yes, we can talk about the kid that made a “kids” decision to use something, not realizing the hell that waited for them, and found themselves overwhelmed by the power of addiction.

Why stop there?
Once we finish talking about the stories we didn’t know anything about, then we can move on to the next target. Do you know what we spend annually on diabetes care? Holy cow, maybe those diabetics should just stay out of the donut store. And cancer, OMG, the amount of money spent on cancer care, surgeries, and hospice; WOW, if they just didn’t smoke. Think of the time and money we can save by just letting them die as well.

And old people; talk about a drain…
This is getting fun! I think law enforcement could then sit back and decide what to respond to. After all, if you leave a door open, you deserve to get robbed, and if you go to an ATM, you deserve to get robbed; we could save Police time and money by just allowing law enforcement to determine what is or is not acceptable. After all, I understand the burden of the oath to serve and protect. Hey, why don’t we add the term “selectively” to the oath – now that works!!!
There’s a reason we’re taught not to judge
Enough sarcasm for one sitting. So many thoughts cross my mind but the last thought in my head is this. The Sheriff (who appears to be the picture of health): what happens when he drops over from a heart attack? Should we just let him die because he is overweight? I guess for me that isn’t my decision to make because in my mind, every life matters.

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Butler County, Ohio, Sheriff Brags: My deputies won’t use Narcan

This is not the first time we have reported about sheriffs playing god.

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Well, he is the one who decided to stick a needle in his arm, right? He made a choice to do this to himself?

Watch PART 1 of William’s incredible story

William had a wife, children, and ran his own business. Life was good. He was well respected in the neighborhood and you would have been glad to have him as a friend.

Like a lot of people, William had to have surgery. His surgery happened to be on his knee. It could have been oral surgery or like my surgery to have my appendix removed. After my surgery, I was given 60 opioid-based pain pills when I came home. But William was in really bad pain so he was given 120 Oxycontin plus 120 Percocet with instruction to take 4 a day.

Now, it should be mentioned at this time that the doctors, dentist, and others who prescribed these powerful opioid-based pain pills had been lied to. In fact in 2007 executives of one pharma company admitted in court to criminal charges and paid $600 million in fines. (No time in jail) Two of the lies were these pills were not addictive and that they were better for long-term use. Both of these claims have been proven false.

But this was a dozen years ago. And William, the husband, business owner and proud father just wanted to get back on his feet and back to working again. That never happened. Opium is a highly addictive substance. Even when taken as directed.

In 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Surgeon General were warning doctors about the dangers of prescribing opioid painkillers.

William is one of thousands of people who followed doctor’s orders and became addicted to pain pills. In fact, nationwide in 2014 more people died from prescription painkiller overdoses than heroin.

William started fighting the addiction. But, in the meantime, he lost his business, his wife, and family.

So the question is, “Is he the one who chose to stick a needle in his arm?”

Over the next few days, we will continue our talk with William and learn about his problems getting help and his amazing recovery. Subscript today, you’re don’t want to miss his incredible story.

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Alarming news from the Heroin Overdose Capital of American. “We were running out of room to put the bodies.”

We were running out of room to put the bodies

We were running out of room to put the bodies

Montgomery County, Ohio (Dayton, Ohio) is the current Overdose Capital of America. The high number of deaths has affected the county’s coroner operation.

Before, if the county morgue had five bodies it was a busy day. But in 2016 ten bodies a day became the new normal. Numbers finally got so high the county had to rent refrigerated storage units and make changes to morgue policies.

Montgomery County Coroner, Dr. Kent Harshbarger said, “We have plans for emergencies and disasters, but this has pushed us to the limits and we had to change our usual policies.” But in 2016, “We were running out of room to put the bodies.”

“In the past, our morgue would store reminds as a courteous for families until they could contact their funeral home and we would sometimes, respectful keep remains until the funeral home had time to come by and receive the body, “ said Harshbarger. “Now, we have to call funeral homes as soon as an autopsy is finished and ask them to transport. We work longer hours in able to have a quicker turnover. And we do all of this with great respect for the deceased and their family.”

While in 2016 they used two refrigerated trailers, by the end of the year they have been able to get the workflow under control. But 2017 is looking to be even worst.

By the end of May, the number of overdose deaths for the year was 365.
Some county officials estimate the total will push far past the 371 overdose deaths of 2016 and could go close to 800 if everything stays on pace.

Where determining if an opioid overdose was the cause of death Harshbarger explains the coroner’s office uses a variety of information. Starting with the deceased’s personal history of drug use, items found at the scene, needle marks and other signs on the body.

Surprisingly, most of the deaths are not pure heroin-related. Harshbarger explained, “About 90% of the overdose deaths we see are from fentanyl or fentanyl analogs.” Fentanyl is a made man opioid originally made by pharmaceutical companies for pain relieve. Fentanyl analogs is a term used to describe drugs that have a slightly different chemical makeup than pure fentanyl. The fentanyl and fentanyl analogs being sold on the streets today are mostly made by overseas chemist and illegally smuggled into a country. Which creates a new problem.

Naloxone (Narcan) is the emergency medicine given to someone overdosing on an opioid. Harshbarger reported that Narcan still works on most of these fentanyl analogs but not as well as they worked on heroin. Because Naloxone doesn’t have the same effect on these fake fentanyl analogs those overdosing on them require a “higher Narcan mega-dose” of the drug to work and stop the overdose.

In responding to the high number of overdose deaths every Montgomery County police cruiser is equipped with Naloxone aka Narcan. Every night one cruiser’s sole responsibility is to be stocked with Narcan and travel the county restocking offices as needed.

When asked why so many overdose deaths are happening in Dayton, Ohio? Dr. Harshbarger said, “The drugs come from every direction. They come from Detroit down Interstate 75 going to Cincinnati, Lexington, and Louisville. And they come from Chicago into Indianapolis and onto Interstate 70 on the way to Columbus. Routes I-75 and I-70 cross in Montgomery County, which is home to Dayton. Dayton has become a distribution hub.”

When asked what can the community do to turn this pandemic around Harshbarger said, “I wish I knew the answer. I guess the best advice is don’t start. But, for families, I would tell them to get Narcan and keep trying treatment centers. But most of all have hope, and let those addicted know there is hope.”

The coroner said that while he doesn’t see an end to this in sight, he has hope for people who get into recovery treatment. And he has hope for Dayton. Harshbarger said, “never give up hope, we have to hold onto hope.

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The Alarming Heroin Overdose Capital of America and how we came to that conclusion. This will break your heart.

This will break your heart.

The Alarming Heroin Overdose Capital of America and how we came to that conclusion.
This will break your heart.

They are not going to add this title to your city limits sign. Finally, your hometown is No. 1, but no one is happy about it. The subject is opioid overdose deaths. The question is, “Which American city leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths?”

The answer depends on how you do the math. Do you count all of the OD deaths inside a city’s city limits, or do you base it on a percentage of the population of the people dying?

In Ohio, each county has an elected coroner who provides services for the entire county. In Ohio’s Montgomery County the coroner’s office is in the county’s largest city, Dayton, Ohio.

A research group called Arrest Records compiles information from a number of sources and comes out with a list that major news outlets regard as creditable.

Arrest Records uses the percentage-based method. How many people out of each 100,000 residents are dying from an opioid overdose? Using this method places every city on even footing no matter the size of the population.

For example, Ohio has two cities hit hard by overdose deaths.
Cuyahoga Co, (Cleveland) with a population of 1.26 million last year lost 666 souls.
Montgomery Co, (Dayton) with a population of 555, 000 last year lost 371 souls.
While the Cuyahoga Co Coroner lost more people, the Montgomery Co. Coroner lost a higher percentage of his population.

According to Arrest Records Montgomery Co., Ohio, which includes Dayton, Ohio, is the current “Opioid Overdose Capital of America.” Dayton has more overdose deaths per 100,000 residents.

Over the next few days, we will be talking to the Montgomery Co., Ohio Coroner, the county sheriff, and other people from this area who are on the front lines in trying to keep addicts alive long enough to complete rehab.

BTW, The Mongomery Co. Coroner told me they had already lost 365 just by the end of May.

Like I said, “You’re not going to add this title to your city limits sign.”

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A girl I had never met told me I changed her life; she was wrong. Still, I had a tear come to my eye.

A girl I had never met told me i changed her life

I traveled from Kentucky the last week of June 2017, to Dayton, Ohio, while working on a documentary film about heroin overdoses. The last shot of the day was at a meeting of a support group; over 100 people in recovery attended.

I was interviewing people for our project when a young lady came up between interviews and asks if I was Ron Calhoun. I assumed someone in the other room needed me and answered, “Yup, that’s me.”

She said “We’ve never met but I’m Destiny, you raised money to get me into treatment and I wanted to let you know, …you changed my life. And I wanted to say thank you.

WOW, that will make your day.

But, the fact is, I’m not the one who made this story possible. All I did was start a GoFundMe Campaign.

Those who donated to the GoFundMe, just at the right time from the $5 donation to the $70 donations they are what changed her life. Because of those gifts, it was possible for her to get into a safe location and have time to get treatment.

Destiny’s recovery journey is just starting and it’s not going to be easy. But, people giving made it possible. So, I wanted to let you know… we changed her life. Destiny and I wanted to say thank you.

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