A momentary lapse of reason…

I’ve been there. I’ve treated the same addicts again and again. Most of the time they were grateful, ashamed and humble when the narcan brought them back. Sometimes they were arrogant, hostile and kind of scary.

AddictIt took me some time, but once I got it into my thick skull that these are people suffering with a sickness that has permeated their soul, thinking, and physical state I was able to do the job I was trained to do without judging, holding back or sharing those dark thoughts that every EMT and Paramedic with a few years under their belt has had.

I read this firefighter’s post, figured it probably doesn’t define him, might just be a momentary lapse of reason. Too bad for him, most people don’t see it that way.

http://uniformstories.com/articles/opinion-category/open-letter-to-the-firefighter-who-hates-narcan-thinks-drug-addicts-should-die

2 Comments

  • Linda says:

    How could this Firefighter post such a statement and think he would not get negative feedback or consequences. Who is he or anyone for that matter to judge anyone without walking in their shoes, knowing their history or living their lives. I know many addicts, to stereotype anyone is wrong, the addicts I know, (most of them) did not choose this life path, but it happened, they are caring people who would give their shirt off their back to someone else in need. His statement also gives me personally, living in his community, an uneasy feeling that what if he decides NOT to save a life because of his personal views. And how do we know if he has or has not made that choice, only he would know that. But I for one, would not feel comfortable, in a life threatening situation, that I would be getting the proper or all necessary treatment to save my life by him due to his statement. No, I am not a drug addict, nor do I foresee being in this situation myself, but I have had loved ones that have been in need of Narcan to save their lives and thank God they did! They are recovering addicts and struggle everyday, but they are alive and are thankful for it.

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