Narcan or Narcan't
Coldness, darkness, and evil are not things among themselves. Those imposters are states in which something is absent. Coldness lacks heat, darkness lacks light, and evil lacks morality. So when we say evil, know that we are noting an absence, a void, an emptiness, not a man, or a man’s trait, but what a man does not possess. History is filled with evil men, and more are born everyday. It may be the baby you're holding, or the neighbor you are watching through a window, or it may even be yourself.
Allow me to illuminate the darkness and warm your souls with the true story of a man lacking morality. Richard K. Jones, Sheriff of Butler County, Ohio recently made headlines by going on record to admit that he has forbidden his officers from carrying the life saving drug Narcan. Narcan is administered as a nasal spray used to block the effects of opioids and reverse overdoses.
Jones justified his prohibition in a statement to The Washington Post by saying, “We don't do the shots for bee stings, we don't inject diabetic people with insulin. When does it stop?” and doubled down with, “I'm not the one that decides if people live or die. They decide that when they stick that needle in their arm.”
The opioid epidemic is a national crisis which claimed more than 50,000 lives in the U.S. in 2016. In Ohio more than 11 people die everyday due to opiate overdose. In May of this year the state of Ohio filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry regarding the opioid epidemic. On a daily basis the first responders in Ohio are faced with the horrors of opioid addiction and are often able to rescue those dying of overdose by administering life saving Narcan.
Let’s forget for a moment that Jones’ department is the only department in southwest Ohio that does not administer Narcan to overdose victims. Let us cast aside the fact that Jones is a self-proclaimed Methodist Christian commanded by Christ to love his brother as himself. We shall not dwell on the fact that as a Sheriff, Jones routinely cages citizens for actions in which no victim exists. Instead, let us focus on the issue of the death penalty that through inaction Jones is allowing to be administered without due process of any sort.
Even among legal scholars and the judiciary, the willful neglect of saving a life constitutes murder. The murderous dark heart of evil Jones possesses begs an answer to so many questions. Does Jones hear the stories from his officers of having to watch a person die, unable to assist, because they were forbidden to carry a drug that could have saved a life? Does he sleep well? How did Jones become a person who lacks morality, empathy, sympathy, compassion, and love for his brother? Does he believe that Christ would command the same? What disease of the mind is Jones afflicted with that allows the contrivance of a state of cognitive dissonance which justifies the evil of his actions?
ones asked, “…where does it stop?”, but I ask you; why must it stop? Why should police not carry Epipens? Why should police not carry insulin? Is it not the proudly proclaimed goal of police forces nationwide to “protect and serve”? In our military it is a routine fact that young soldiers can be trained in a few weeks to treat a sucking chest wound, or a compound fracture, yet, it is too much to ask that police have basic life-saving medical training, equipment, and the medications to treat and save the lives of the public? No, it is not too much to ask, yet it is a lack of basic morality, i.e., evil that inspires Jones. So, to Richard K. Jones, Sheriff of Butler County Ohio, I say these words, may your God forgive you.