Pharyngula

We are ruled by monsters

This is an unbelievable statement from one of our top medical advisors. Heroin overdoses kill many people; there is a cheap rescue option, though, kits called Narcan that cost a mere $9.50 and allow people to save lives. The Bush administration opposes their distribution.

Dr. Bertha Madras, deputy director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, opposes the use of Narcan in overdose-rescue programs.

“First of all, I don’t agree with giving an opioid antidote to non-medical professionals. That’s No. 1,” she says. “I just don’t think that’s good public health policy.”

Madras says drug users aren’t likely to be competent to deal with an overdose emergency. More importantly, she says, Narcan kits may actually encourage drug abusers to keep using heroin because they know overdosing isn’t as likely.

Madras says the rescue programs might take away the drug user’s motivation to get into detoxification and drug treatment.

Hang on there…Bertha doesn’t like non-medical professionals having access to an antidote? Does she also tut-tut the availability of defibrillators in places where someone without a medical degree might use them to save a life?

And it just gets worse. She opposes saving lives because watching a friend go into delirium, spasm, turn blue, and die in front of you is a pretty good deterrent to drug use. Even better, if you turn blue and die you won’t be repeating your filthy drug habits ever again — the War on Drugs chalks up a win! We have a public health official advocating more deaths among victims of drug abuse as part of their compassionate approach to improving the health of our citizens.

Hey, here’s another suggestion: let’s stop teaching people the Heimlich maneuver. Not only does it put a medical procedure in the hands of mere non-medical professionals, watching a few fat people in your local McDonalds choke and die, turning purple, thrashing on the floor, and clawing their throats, would be an excellent salutary lesson in the dangers of gluttony and poor dietary habits.

(hat tip to Abel)

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    January 28, 2008

    It’s almost getting to the point with this administration where a political assassination could be successfully defended in court with a plea of self-defense.

    Would eliminate the possibility of finding out what they knew and when they knew it.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    January 28, 2008

    the more fertilized pastures

    ROTFL!!!

    I can almost smell them. Yuck. :-D

  3. #3 uncle frogy
    January 28, 2008

    WOW!! what can I say this thread is all over the place!

    It seems to me that the most important thing for the “Neocons” is that they should be consistent and “stick to their guns” and not change ideas to match the reality they find.
    Is not that clear with every policy statement. They must be “consistent”. Drugs are bad, drug use is bad, drug users are bad. We can not care for them we need to punish instead. Of course ourselves and our “friends ” are just victims and need our compassion and understanding.
    It is this element of judgment that is displayed here as in other instances that I find so hypocritical and distasteful. They condemn “activist judges” but see no problem in doing the judging themselves.
    It is OK to torture the terrorist and hold them as combatants forever because we say they are terrorists and have no human rights.
    So why should we be surprised by any of it, The “neocons” simply do not care for anything but themselves.
    As we can plainly see the “War on Terror” shows every sign of being just as successful as the “War on Drugs”

    Very depressing.

  4. #4 wileywitch
    September 3, 2008

    Hi all.

    How can you have a War on Drugs*TM without deaths from drugs? There has to be a consequence in order to justify the consequence of breaking a law regulating personal behavior that does not, of itself, harm anyone else.

    The state must always be portrayed as a beneficent governing body faced by hordes of drug-users and ____________, and _____________…(fill in the blank) who threaten honest, decent, hard-working people, and cost them money. The fact that no individual or type of individual could ever possibly cost anybody as much as the state and its Wars on Nouns is beside the point.

    Sometimes Big Brother has to let a person die to teach him a lesson. It’s like Killing the Village to Save It*TM.It’s all semantic, really. People don’t count.

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