A Dayton police official who says a man has been revived with the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone, or Narcan, 20 times disagrees with a Middletown city councilman who proposes emergency crews stop responding to repeat drug overdose calls, according to a newspaper report.
Law enforcement took an oath to protect life, Dayton Police Major Brian Johns tells the Dayton Daily News.
He compares the situation to a first responder failing to resuscitate an obese person because they have poor dietary habits.
The Dayton police official's remarks come a week after Middletown City Councilman Dan Picard floated a controversial idea.
Picard suggested a "three strikes" policy for those who repeatedly overdose: authorities wouldn't send an ambulance to resuscitate them after too many.
On Thursday, Middletown's city manager distanced City Hall from those remarks, saying rescue crews are still going to respond to runs.
Picard said he stands by his comments: "We need to put a fear about overdosing in Middletown."
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