Who determines what lives to save?

December 5, 2017

State Police Troop 7 Captain Darren Short was the guest of Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, at his Constituent Coffee last month.

Among the topics covered was their opposition to police using Naloxone [Narcan] to reverse an opioid overdose.
Their discussion included the following:

• Narcan itself has helped fuel the current addiction epidemic. (Smyk)
• Narcan is a safety net that removes the fear of death. (Smyk)
• Addicts get 'their best high the closer to death they come,' so they resent being awakened with Narcan. (Smyk)
• During the 'heroin epidemic' when there was no Narcan, people died off and the epidemic ended. (Short)
• Widespread use of Narcan is yet another sign that drug use is becoming socially acceptable. (Smyk and Short)

Since genetics and personal lifestyle decisions play a role in both diabetes and addiction, I wonder if Rep. Smyk and Capt. Short would feel the same way if we substituted 'Insulin' for 'Narcan' and 'obesity epidemic' for 'heroin epidemic'?

• Insulin has helped fuel the current obesity epidemic.
• Insulin is a safety net that removes the fear of death.
• Widespread use of insulin is yet another sign that obesity is becoming socially acceptable.
• If there were no insulin, people with diabetes would die off and the obesity epidemic would end.

Joanne Cabry
Rehoboth Beach


  • A letter to the editor expresses a reader's opinion and, as such, is not reflective of the editorial opinions of this newspaper.

    To submit a letter to the editor for publishing, send an email to Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer.  We reserve the right to edit for content and length.