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VICE News visits Middletown, Ohio where residents have seen double the number of opioid overdoses since last year, making Narcan a dire necessity. Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo
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Ahmad Zafar (2 часа назад)
Omg!!! I am so lucky to live in a country that never gives up on people even foreigners! New Zealand! And lucky not to Live or be an American! Ur not just cruel to others, u have no sympathy for Ur own fellow Americans!!!
K (3 дня назад)
Why keep reviving these idiots 😏.
Bill Russell (1 месяц назад)
What is wrong with letting people die. Feminazi's abort unwanted citizens for convenience why can't we let those who perish do so
Mary Bebermeyer (1 месяц назад)
I'm amazed by all the ignorance flying around here!!! "If they can't afford it?!?" Really, your voice just has little place amongst this discussion. That dismissive attitude should be met with a like response from the people who actually have the desire to affect positive change in the light of these extreme circumstances. Dismiss it! We all should be helping to face this, as a nation, as humans, and community members. People who are affecting positive change, caring, compassionate people who work incredibly hard to battle these issues. If you're not working towards a successful solution here, maybe step aside and focus your attention elsewhere, along with comments such as these that offer no interest in finding that solution. And with regards to the claim that this doesn't deserve sensitivity because of the skin color of those currently suffering, I just hope that this doesn't end up touching someone close to you. Because I think it's pretty disgusting to turn your back on a soul in turmoil because the body that soul encapsulates it is the wrong one for you to care about. This is about people, not one exclusive group, but humanity. I'm in no way saying that the support for our black and brown communities wasn't an abhorrent tragedy during the crack epidemic. But why would we repeat our past mistakes and leave so many people in dire need of support just because it has already been done to so many of us previously? That makes no sense! That narrative, "I refuse to help them because no one helped us" needs to be stricken from our vocabulary, from our responses to friends, family members and all others who have struggled under the weight of their addictions. That offers no help either. And if you're not helping, again, go elsewhere and not help there.
Mary Bebermeyer (1 месяц назад)
Are any of these videos complete? Or is their style of news delivery akin to a cliffhanger tv episode?
Christine Parrish (1 месяц назад)
That's fucking BS...they DO have the money cuz the people have2pay4the treatment of the narcan...it has nvr been free from the ambulance they charge u4everything even budget in gas4their ambulance not2mention down2the iV line...so the they dnt have money and need2get the. Die is b.s.
Ghea Nirnroot (1 месяц назад)
Sounds like we as a people are undermining the mental illness that is growing in society. The addictions are just a symptom of the issue that people are not happy. I wonder why so many people are unhappy with all the great ways we have set up for a lifestyle? Got to get up, get that buck and then some. I think that we would start finding reasons for the way things are going if we put these people in mental hospitals instead. You might find out that they are just trying to be happy. Or we can stick up our noses and say die, you don't suck it up like the rest of us do. And we all just slip right back into place and continue business as usual. You can tell that this current system is now starting to erode how we even feel about our fellow man.
Austin Sphar (1 месяц назад)
Until you lived in this shithole (I did for 6 years) you really won’t understand how fucked this town is .. it’s not worth saving
kamron cantrell (1 месяц назад)
they showed my house
oakdaddy (1 месяц назад)
If somebody turns up who who love to have my babying there dude....but otherwise let me fal asleep forever.
JoePariss (2 месяца назад)
Hey barber shop boys, when it’s your kid od’ing in the street, tell the cop to let them die. Easy to say they need to weed themselves out when you’re sitting in your bubble, but when you see life leaving someone’s body it’s a different story.
The Jock (3 месяца назад)
That councilman is very cruel.. you make the economic sacrifice in regard to human capital
Mary Thompson (3 месяца назад)
My daughter has been brought back with Narcan 5 times....as soon as she leaves the hospital....she gets home and makes her drug phone call....they are a waste of time....very selfish what they do to the family...
Mary Thompson (3 месяца назад)
Let them go......
John-Del (3 месяца назад)
Narcan should only be carried to administer to police, fire, paramedics, doctors, nurses, and anybody else who comes into accidental contact with these drugs. Reviving junkies means more trouble for EVERYONE. Let them expire and grind their carcasses into fertilizer and cat food.
Russada (3 месяца назад)
Damn they don't even care about kids in surburban and rural areas dying.
karen Crockett (4 месяца назад)
Let's get smart.....stop sending them to classes to stop using drugs which is NOT WORKING.....and punish them n send then to jail...for there crime.....
Gaeta Matthew (4 месяца назад)
There has to be some kind of accountability? Stop overdosing!
Tommy Kincaid (7 месяцев назад)
That man level of ignorance is mind boggling! I'M TRULT SPEECHLESS!
Joseph Russel Timpug Ison (7 месяцев назад)
At last, some common sense.
ashleywatson2007 (7 месяцев назад)
A sad state this country is in, makes me embarrassed for us here. My community is riddled with meth and welfare. I can honestly say I could see this happening. Also, this is an epidemic. People are dropping like flies and that does not meet "the qualifications?!" What heard was big pharma pays the bills so lets down play this. Smh.
Video Game Creative Inc. (7 месяцев назад)
That is a hard choice to make. If it's a small town 100k is a really big hit in the budget. It could stop an emergency call in the future.
Brig Land (8 месяцев назад)
This city council guy is a fukn moron and it pisses me off. I can only hope he doesn't experience this first hand with his family. Sick to my stomach... Foolish man
john blake (8 месяцев назад)
It starts with having counseling for these people that goes into these hospitals with broken body parts and prescribed these drugs that they become addicted to than turn to cheaper alternate aka street drugs(chemically Altered or made)
Angie Jeffrey (9 месяцев назад)
Obama did nothing to combat this crisis while it festered on his watch, stop blaming Trump
Chief_white_legs (1 год назад)
what about the accountability for the people choosing to take that risk when they shoot up. reviving them over and over is only condoning it.. only the addict can choose when they want to get clean. why waste tax dollars and time when they will go right back to it the next day if not sooner.
Medical Doll (1 год назад)
WHAT? Did that lady serious yell "that's bullshit" because she was offered free food instead of free fucking MONEY?! Wow. And I WISH my city would implement a law in which after 3 times you MUST go into a rehab or something.
Anthony Matthews (1 год назад)
We have become a country of enablers, let them die...end of story
Paandemonium (1 год назад)
“There has to be some accountability” Well why the hell do I have to be financially burdened by what some junky decides to shoot up? IMO a dosage of Narcan should come with 6 hours of mandatory community service. If you can find the money to get drugs you can find the money to pay for your shit. And having seen a lot of the people I grew up with turn to drugs I feel no sympathy for these people.
Markus Toms (1 год назад)
Dan picard should be president
Gurly Bird (1 год назад)
Do what they did when crack hit in the 80s lock them up and let them die that's what they did to p.o.c they so called war on drugs
misi frost (1 год назад)
This solution is like putting a bandage. They are still junkies and reviving them over and over obviously doesn't help to get them clean. It's a waste of resources, better put the money into medical insurance for people that actually give a damn about life
Althea K (1 год назад)
its the same shit in portsmouth
Organized Chaos (1 год назад)
Fact! More people overdose on pharmaceuticals prescribed more then heroin
Fred Lime (1 год назад)
Instead of treating the symptom, why not treat the disease ? treat the root cause instead of sticking a plaster on the problem, why do people get addicted in the first place
mastorbatrix (1 год назад)
People need jobs.
Ms.WhiteFolks ? (1 год назад)
Dan I hope your grand kids turn into heroin addicts
Ms.WhiteFolks ? (1 год назад)
Just 30 dollars a hit. This guy is a sick was hole
Ms.WhiteFolks ? (1 год назад)
Samuel Bohannon (1 год назад)
I live in a town over from Middletown and I was in the local Applebees when a women overdosed in a booth. They kicked her out with another person and called the police.
Brian Kaul (1 год назад)
Saving a life for $30 makes good sense, but if you incentivize overdosing by saving people repeatedly, then you get more overdoses. If you signal that you won't save people who overdose, that can have a deterrent effect on drug use within city limits. But nobody as far as we know has tabulated the effects, so the determination of which strategy will maximize overall utility largely comes down to the application of heuristics based on tempermental differences among the citizenry.
James Hipp (1 год назад)
Most of these comments are quite vile. I have a good friend who struggled with heroin addiction, and overdosed once. I'm not sure if he needed NARCAN or not. But he's been in NA for years now and manages at a Radio Shack and pays taxes and is an all-around stand-up guy. But without treatment, he wouldn't be alive. It's easy to say 'let them die' but it's a self-perpetuating cycle. Addicts don't really die off - they create the infrastructure of drug abuse. If they did we wouldn't have this problem in the first place.
John-Del (3 месяца назад)
No, if they all died off it would reduce the market for these drugs.
James Hipp (1 год назад)
You're correct. I think I was addressing the racist comments more specifically. Many of these posts are vicious and judgmental, thinking they can boil the issue down to one specific group being at fault. I'm not saying there is an easy solution of any kind, just that race-baiting and supremacist mongering isn't it.
Natasha Johnson (1 год назад)
They not saying to not help the person who overdose once but they are saying don't help the ones who keep overdosing. If they keep doing it over and over and its eating up the town budget they have no choice.
SAINT 65 (1 год назад)
If his kid needed a fourth shot...
LadyMsThing Green (1 год назад)
Such bs, why aren't they locked up like other addicts?!
Joshua Thompson (1 год назад)
I know the reporter on this story is absolutely beautiful.
Robert MacNaughton (1 год назад)
legalize cannabis in all of it's forms . legalize opium and coca leaf. It is the solution to the opioid crisis. Destroy the revenue stream of international organized crime . Addiction is a medical issue, not a criminal one. Very potent concentrates of Indica varieties of Cannabis have enormous potential to heal opioid and cocaine addicts and this has been known for a VERY long time. Doctors have been afraid and/or complicit in keeping the truth hidden from people. Big Pharma(the older brother of the illegal drug industry) keeps them silent. But that is changing now. Here in Canada we are going that route step by step. It is a beginning. My prayers are with my American neighbors of all communities who suffer because of the last 4 decades of genocidal and racist drug war mentality.
John-Del (3 месяца назад)
Better plan: Build a camp somewhere in the unpopulated plain states with 20 foot walls. Give free drugs, as much and any kind they want to anyone who wants to join. Give them food, water, and shelter. No getting out until you can pass a drug test for 6 months.
Rabbi Benyamin Kauffmann (1 год назад)
Fake news
Kat Campbell (1 год назад)
Narcan works for all drugs and not just opiates. So seeing as all the drugs they prescribe that aren't controlled narcotics, it's needed for public health in general.
Doge The doge (1 год назад)
People choose to take drugs, let them die, don't need them, let them die and put the children into care, be better than at home with a crackhead
Josh Dollins (1 год назад)
you should get one shot after that die these people are scum and ruining our society
Olegrumpy bastid (1 год назад)
As a Black man, I can't be sympathetic. Black communities were flooded with these poisons, and no one gave a damn! " Incarcerate or let us die " was the attitude of most people, Now the problem is at the doorstep of White Americans, and it's a epidemic ! Don't expect me to shed a single tear ! The government was nowhere to be found when people of color were afflicted !
twizted hooligan (27 дней назад)
You are no better then those people back in the 80s and 90s who did this to the black community. You are just as much of a racist as anyone you wish to call out. These people dying had nothing to do with what happened. What did they personally ever do to you. You are what you speak of sir
oakdaddy (1 месяц назад)
Of you better 0m way it alll tonight bqby Travis Ervin Balt yah gorrta makr ne, but I’ll level Herrera....
NonGmo1 (2 месяца назад)
Nettie Harris: Their is a difference between Hate, and reality. The reality is, when minorities were victims of a Crack epidemic, the answer was Lock them Up , and throw away the key. No treatment, No Rehab. Judges were handing out 20 year sentences like candy. I FEEL NOTHING for these people, in fact it's Kama
John-Del (3 месяца назад)
You shouldn't shed a tear. All these addictions are self inflicted regardless of color. The quicker we clear out the trash, the better things will be for black, white, brown, etc. folks who want to live and be productive, not a drain on resources and their own families.
Travis Ervin (11 месяцев назад)
Olegrumpy bastid - your name couldn't be more fitting.
Kadim Nana (1 год назад)
lol the barber thinks that the addicts will just die off.... and not be replaced by new ones?
VICE News (1 год назад)
In Middletown, the choice of whether or not to save people using Narcan has become controversial. Watch more opioid coverage: http://bit.ly/2wVgQck
lolmock25 (1 год назад)
Saved from and OD on Monday braking back Into ur car by Friday lol
Suzanne Moore (4 месяца назад)
I had one who was revived earlier in the day break into my house and hold a gun to my face to rob me for money to get high again. I had to shoot him in the shoulder and then wait 4 hours for police because they were all tied up with overdoses, break ins, and armed robberies that ended in a child shot during a home robbery. My empathy is fading fast. The level of selfishness acting like the rest of us have to sacrifice to put ONLY drug overdoses as the ONLY priorities isn't fair either😕. There needs to be a balance for all and not just one group.
Andrew Well (1 год назад)
Very sad!
Darrin Curtis (1 год назад)
There accountable for shoving a needle in there arm there accountable for there own death from stupidity
Twirly Turd (1 год назад)
america will spend billions on its defense budget, but wont spend 100 000 dollars to save lives what a world we live in
Chance (1 год назад)
Letting overdosers die will not solve the problem that roots itself in addiction and mental health. These instances are not purposefully mixed shots that induce overdose because the user thinks they will be revived. No matter how many times a person is saved from Naloxone, each time they have another chance at a meaningful and productive life. The issue is not with giving them a second chance, the issue is the lack of programs and follow-up that occur after an overdose is halted.
GHOSTGIRL (9 месяцев назад)
Chance Well stated
Ryan Peck (1 год назад)
NAACP says they will sue. So what suffers then? Cut the fire fighting force, someone dies in a fire. NAACP sues. It is about time people wake up to this and see that you can not cure everyone.
SimplyGaming (1 год назад)
i 100% agree with that council man, these fuckers are just pests and are leaching off the good hard working people
Pedro Lopez (1 год назад)
A lot of Trump supporters are dying in the streets!
Pedro Lopez (1 год назад)
She is food addicted, please someone help her!
Feels Train (1 год назад)
These people don't Have the choice to inject or not. Physical addiction becomes a physical need like eating or breathing. Most of the new cases are from pain killers. It's extraordinary ignorant to think otherwise
taryn w (1 год назад)
Don't get me wrong, I completely understand the nature of addiction. I understand what it does to a person's brain. But the only person who can decide to get clean is the addict, no one else can do it for them, that's why so many go to rehab and fail. Because they need to decide for themselves to get clean before they can do it. So yeah, in a way they have a choice. I understand the illness and sympathize with it, because I can be pretty self destructive myself, but I am never going to let someone take the power and personal responsibility away from these people who just do things to themselves and can at any given moment decide to get clean.
Aaron Kirkwood (1 год назад)
Obese Skyler White @2:35
Endless Weapons (1 год назад)
It is quite ridiculous how they are promoting hate instead of helping people...
DumbAssLoser (1 год назад)
Jeri is pretty.
andy7666 (1 год назад)
If heroin was legalized you wouldn't see all these fentanyl overdoses as people would have access to clean drugs of a standard strength - the govt. could tax these drugs, they would be cheaper so people could live normal lives (with no need for crime and the hectic lifestyle which is brought about by the high cost of class A drugs) and all money would go to the growers and government so violent drug gangs would be totally out of pocket. Narcan is an important tool but legalization is the only real solution IMO, the "war on drugs" has failed as people will always use. The fact American doctors are so quick to put people onto strong opiates does't help - it can happen to just about anyone and I suspect people wouldn't say "they can weed themselves out" if their son or daughter were addicted!
R TJ (1 год назад)
Whole lot of boo hoo hooo on this page. Of course it's Vice so I imagine this is full of racist, hypocrites, and everything else the left supposedly hates.
lizard lace (1 год назад)
it's not addicts that are the problem, it's the addiction. You can't end addiction by killing addicts, you become addicted to something because you're unwell. Ending addiction requires addiction support and available treatment for addicts
A D (1 год назад)
Heroin dealers need to stop buying fentanyl from China on the dark web to cut it with their product.
Allicia (1 год назад)
wonder what happens when one of these politicians has a child or grandchild die of the disease of addiction. See if their position changes...
Dennis Smith (1 год назад)
I believe in helping people when I can but if someone doesn't want help and continues to toe the line between life and death we should stop paying to try and save them when there are other people worse off who didn't choose the position they were in.
Fichtl's Lied (1 год назад)
Why should the city pay thousands and thousands for homeless people over doing it
Shadey Lady (1 год назад)
Narcan ....The Great Enabler. Screw these Junkies.
CybershamanX (1 год назад)
"There! ARE! FOUR! Lie-eetsss!!!"
Riek Opo (1 год назад)
They should be handing out marijuana and kratom to these people. It would save their lives and give them a fighting chance to get off of the hard synthetic drugs.
camryn salo (1 год назад)
This is something that could be handled for pennies. We make it a problem Guy below me is a DOUCHE
puffypawstarrah kristine (1 год назад)
You should do NH which is where I live. I'm thinking about opening up on my channel about my recovery
tobiashimself (1 год назад)
I got it: stop chasing weed, use the money saved to run rehabs for these fools, then make it illegal to revive someone without calling the police. Therefore OD=forced rehab in jail, so when preparing his dose the junkie will pump the brakes a bit.
The Humungus (1 год назад)
Narcan sounds like a fictional street drug from a movie.
Maria Ruiz (1 год назад)
Put them in jail, go cold turkey. I know some peeps can't physically handle it but sounds like a better option then letting them overdose...
ReadyOrNot (1 год назад)
The councilman's proposal is logical and he was honest in his answers. But once again, people's emotions and feelings override facts and society is forced to pay for these walking dead.
Scott M (1 год назад)
48k isn't a small town lol
Aleksei (1 год назад)
Vice, you have already fucking posted this, we have already seen this....
Alierr Trillo (1 год назад)
Drugs are bad kids
ZoeInMe1804 (1 год назад)
Let all the trump supporters die off on there own
Dave ThaBoss (1 год назад)
I live in jersey and they say jersey is in an opioid epidemic. I feel like the whole country has the issue being honest.
Bernard J Fortin (1 год назад)
What about sick babies and people with cancer...? They should get first priority, not someone that caused their own problems...!!! Let drug dealers fund the narcane program if they're so worried about their customers. I'd rather have my tax dollars going to cancer research, than some selfish dude, that's destroying my community. Let drug dealers pay for narcane or force drug addicts to carry narcane so tax payers don't have to pay for it. If they are found overdosed without their narcane, give them the choice. 1. Jail for 30 days 2. Drug rehabilitation or 3. $2,500 fine..... that will nip your the problem overnight...!!!!
Natasha Johnson (1 год назад)
Oh really? you think someone who got hook into drugs is going to leave their pimp if he providing them for her while she gives her money to him? it happens more then you think. Also drugs help with coping with the fact you having random sex with men everyday.
Paandemonium (1 год назад)
Natasha Johnson in comparison to junkies who got hooked for being dumb af I’m sure the situation you described is pretty rare.
Natasha Johnson (1 год назад)
That's not always true if a girl got kidnap or groom into prostitution her john would get her hook on a drug so she stay with him and work and he give her drugs in return. I'm assuming little boys in prostitution also get hook on drugs as well.
Christian Stender (1 год назад)
addiction is a mental disorder and you Americans just want to let people with mental disorders die!?? so why don't you let also people with physical disorders die? why don't you let everyone with diseases die? fuckin dumb americans
After Glow (1 год назад)
The comments are disgusting. People don't keep getting high because they know its a lifeline out there, most people would get high alone without anyone to save em' incase they stop breating. I don't think most people in the comments have any idea how opioids affects your brain after long term use and try to quit. The physical withdrawal is easy What's hard is the mental withdrawal that can last over a year after kicking it. You don't feel like doing nothing, no energy drowsy asf and most days no inspiration whatsoever. Opioid withdrawals are way worse than other drugs due to the mental part, you cant just go through the physical withdrawal and then be fine. People shouldnt talk shit when they dont know shit!
The Mad Librarian (1 год назад)
How much of the increase in the amount that Middletown is spending on Narcan is the result of price hikes by the manufacturer? It's an old drug. It should be cheap, maybe a dollar per dose, including the cost of the autoinjector..
Mickiddy Michael (1 год назад)
Until people start seeing addiction for what it really is, a disease, it will never be solved. I am an addict. I don't drink, do drugs, and am very carefully about prescription medicine. No one has ever called me an addict I just know I am. My dad is an addict, my aunts and uncles are addicts, my grandparents were addicts, and the list keeps going as far as I know. What's the one difference between my family and these people just dying off? My family has a lot of money. No one on my family has died of an overdose but all of them have overdosed several times. To think I'm someone special and the only one in the family not considered an addict is stupidity. I know what I am, I don't need to use drugs or drink to understand that. I'm alive and doing well because I acknowledged this disease before it took over me too.
Computer Guy (1 год назад)
People with substance abuse issues are not a waist of space. Often very talented people have problems with drugs.
Suzanne Moore (4 месяца назад)
But at the same time, is it fair to take services and help from everyone else? Can't there be a balance? Or is everything and all of the funding going to selfishly be put ONLY into drug addicts and others be left to die? Look at both sides people. All people deserve to live and be saved. Not ONLY drug addicts.
katiemercedes (1 год назад)
Random Sauce but most of them are not talented
Cierra Haze (1 год назад)
The government response to white addicts compared to black addicts is sickening. Smh
Gaeta Matthew (4 месяца назад)
Cierra Haze not for nothing but I work at a methadone clinic and there are plenty of black addicts in the doors at our facility.
Diana G (6 месяцев назад)
Cierra Haze all brown people..us latino's suffered in the 70's-90's drug policies along with black people
buoyant (1 год назад)
they're already dead, walking dead, zombies. they've had chosen their destiny already. you should get some brains and courage to accept it.
kingda117 (1 год назад)
Trump loves Duterte. He might launch the Nazis and Alt-Right to wipe them out. The presidential pardon is waiting for any who get caught.
Dazanar (1 год назад)
Do we tell the families we gave up on theyre hope too? Damn..
newscooler12316 (1 год назад)
theres to many people on this earth if they want to kill themselves let them!!!!
beth98362 R (1 год назад)
You can't ask people to pay and pay and pay... and be happy about it! Give them Kratom for pain and addiction relief!
MadMrMatter (1 год назад)
It's always the people most disconnected from the problem whom have the most controversial opinion. Picard has no experience with what he speaks, so he can say what he wants because he has little understanding.
Theexotic Empress (1 год назад)
There are good people on this planet and considering the constant bombardment of negative news it's refreshing.Thank you for caring and making a difference❤

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