Weymouth Firefighter Allegedly Suggests Letting Overdosing Addicts Die
A Weymouth firefighter has drawn criticism for a post on his personal Facebook account, in which he allegedly suggests letting overdosing opiate addicts die.
The post calls the lifesaving, overdose-reversing drug Narcan “the worst drug ever created,” as it does not “let the —bags die.”
“I for one get no extra money for giving narcan and these losers are out of the hospital and using again in hours, you use you should loose! [sic]” the post reads.
Weymouth town officials have launched an investigation and declined to disclose the firefighter’s identity, as the authenticity of the posts, which as of Sunday appear to have been deleted, has yet to be confirmed.
“The comments posted do not reflect the philosophy or values we hold as a fire department or town,” Fire Chief Keith Stark told the Patriot Ledger. “The incident remains under investigation.”
There were 185 confirmed and suspected opioid overdoses in Weymouth in 2015, resulting in 24 deaths, according to the Patriot Ledger. Weymouth was one of 16 communities in Massachusetts to receive an $85,000 federal grant aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse among young people.