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12/7/2018 12:28:00 PM
Narcan at library is not the answer
If one of the questions you ask frequently is what is wrong with our country here is another reason to wonder.
A headline in the Madison paper this week announces all eight public libraries in the city will have NARCAN by the end of the year.
Aren't libraries where people go to read, check out books, use the computer, go for family time? When did libraries become a place where people can go to overdose and put their lives in jeopardy?
Don't get me wrong as I want people to be able to get help in life threatening situations but wouldn't make more sense to establish treatment centers for people to go to when they want to stop using? Or better still, how about an education program for young people so they won't turn to drugs. Maybe that is asking too much but I don't think so.
All I know is something needs to happen to attack....yes I said attack....the drug problem.
As a side note, do you read the court news and the police and sheriff's reports? If you do then you must notice the amount of drug related crimes are taking place.
I have come to the conclusion that one person cannot have the answer to what can be done to clean things up. This is something we all have to get behind and figure out.
And the time to start is now.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Article comment by: Paula Dail

The reason for the recommendation that Narcan be available in the Madison Public Libraries
that, unlike Dodgeville, Madison has a significant homeless population living on the streets. These individuals gather, particularly the downtown public library, to get warm in winter and to use the restrooms. Often they are drug users, and if an overdose were to occur in the library it makes sense to have Narcan immediately available.
Public libraries are public spaces supported by public dollars and while having them also serve as day shelters for the homeless is not an ideal situation, it is an unfortunate reality that must be dealt with. Until the homeless have somewhere else to gather in winter, having Narcan available in the places where the do congregate makes the sense, because it saves lives.

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