I’ll be the first to admit that I know practically nothing about the state of Maine. Nothing against the state – I’m sure it’s lovely – it’s just not one of those states that gets a great deal of attention or finds itself as the centerpiece of many discussions outside its regional area.
However, over the last few years Maine has made a few national headlines thanks to its Republican governor, Paul LePage. Sadly for the over 50% of Mainers who didn’t vote for LePage, those headlines haven’t exactly reflected positively on the state.
You see, LePage is, by far, one of the worst human beings currently serving an elected position in this country. Again, while I don’t know a great deal about Maine, I have no idea how this fool managed to get elected… let alone re-elected. This is Maine, not Texas. I’m from Texas. We’re supposed to elect bumbling idiot Republicans who embarrass the state as governor – not states up in the northeast.
Well, seemingly in an effort to prove what a terrible person he is, LePage just vetoed a bill that would have helped save the lives of drug addicts who were overdosing.
The bill would have allowed pharmacists to provide naloxone (a drug that reverses opioid overdoses) to those who could be a risk to overdose or to friends or family members of individuals who might be drug addicts. While it’s by no means a “cure,” naloxone is something that can literally save lives – and he vetoed it.
“Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,” LePage wrote. “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”
So he didn’t veto the bill because it was going to cost a lot (if anything), or because it posed any sort of danger to residents of Maine, but because naloxone doesn’t “cure” addiction?
What the hell kind of twisted logic is this?
Drug addicts aren’t criminals – they’re sick. Addiction is a powerful mental health condition that impacts tens of millions of people. And a lot of those people addicted to various substances desperately don’t want to be, but their addiction is so strong they can’t break away from whatever it is that’s most likely killing them.
This is nothing more than a hateful bastard blocking a bill almost completely out of spite and ignorance. He couldn’t care less about the lives naloxone could save. To Paul LePage, this was his way to give the proverbial middle finger to those of us who realize drug addiction is something that requires help – not scorn, judgement and damn sure not prison.
Luckily state lawmakers seem fairly confident that his veto will be overridden with a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate.
But this is just another example where Gov. Paul LePage proves that he’s a deplorable and disgusting human being. I’m ashamed that he’s someone who represents this country as one of our nation’s 50 governors.