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Narcan: Lifesaving drug

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5:21 p.m.

I am writing in response to Theodore Lloyd Burkett's letter “Narcan: Free OD pass”. As the mother of a son who died at age 36 of a heroin overdose, I have a very different opinion.

Heroin addiction stretches across all social and economic levels and is extremely hard to treat. People fighting addiction are not junkies. They are our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers and friends.

School nurses are hired to deal with emergencies. Narcan is not a “timeout” to students; it is a lifesaving drug. I would find it sickening to have to watch someone, of any age, die when there is a drug available to save his or her life.

My hope is that by giving someone a chance to live, it is one step closer for them to get the help they need to live a drug-free life.

Linda Pirlo

Smithton

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