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Governor LePage Vetoes Overdose Bill, Implies We Should Let Drug Users Die

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The state of Maine has experienced a growing problem with drug addiction that has prompted Governor Paul LePage to say a wide variety of absurd things over the past two years. As you probably recall, Governor LePage recently blamed the state’s problems on drug dealers named “G-Money” and “Shifty” who travel to Maine from other states and “impregnate” all the white girls.

Governor LePage has gone out of his way to make the situation worse. He has opposed the state legislature’s effort to increase funding for drug-treatment programs, instead preferring harsh law enforcement, and now he has vetoed a bill that would increase access to life-saving anti-overdose medication.

Both Republicans and Democrats in the legislature passed the bill unanimously with no dissent, but LePage says the bill would simply delay addicts’ deaths.

But in his veto letter sent to lawmakers on Wednesday, LePage said the bill would allow pharmacists “to dispense naloxone to practically anyone who asks for it.”

Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,” LePage wrote, repeating a contention that has caused controversy before. “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”

There is always a chance that delaying their death or ‘extending’ their lives for a period of time will give them an opportunity to seek treatment or allow for an intervention of some sort, but Governor LePage isn’t interested in that. After all, he’s also opposed to increasing access to drug treatment programs.

Governor LePage doesn’t want drug addicts to receive treatment or even live, at least for a little while longer. He wants them in jail or dead.

Paul LePage is the embarrassment that keeps on embarrassing.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I just found out last week that one of my oldest and dearest friends, whom I hadn’t heard from in over 6 years, was a heroin addict. He got his wife addicted as well. They have 5 kids, ages 8-17, all of whom are now in foster care. They can’t afford the treatment programs they need to get the kids back. They were evicted three days ago. And she’s leaving him for his drug dealer.

    All that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    I was about to ask, What possible good could come from not helping people in such predicaments? Then I thought the answer must be that it would remove the incentive to not get oneself into such predicaments. I’m still shaken by what I saw and heard last week, and I’m not sure how I feel about my old friend. But LePage’s statement seems particularly heartless.

  • Victor the Crab

    Paul LePage. A face in need of several fists through it.

  • muselet

    Paul LePage’s veto letter is casually cruel and incoherent, and serves no purpose other than to let him lecture people who know more than he does about opioid addiction.

    In other words, it’s just another day in Maine.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Dear God! Paul LePage makes Donald Trump sound enlightened. If Conservatives want to bring about an end to their being described as “knuckle draggers” or “troglodytes” they need to bring about an end to their voting habits.

  • ninjaf

    There’s that compassionate conservatism we hear so much about.

  • LePage is a parody of a Human Being. What an incredible dick.