A longer, opinionated version of the article I wrote for Outloud:
In April, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would allow pharmacists to give out an anti-overdose drug without a prescription.
According to LePage, the drug, naloxone, “does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose.”
He went on to say that passing the bill will create “a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other,” and stressed that it will “[produce] a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”