There are quite a few really awful politicians working in our government, but Maine’s Governor Paul LePage is, by far, one of the worst. How he got elected in the first place is fairly shocking; the fact that he got re-elected is absolutely mind-boggling.
While LePage has quite the reputation for being absolutely repugnant, his recent veto of a bill aimed at saving the lives of those in the midst of a drug overdose could be one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.
In case you hadn’t heard, LePage recently blocked a bill that would have made the anti-overdosing drug naxolone much more easily obtainable. What this drug does is, quite literally, it saves the lives of those who accidentally overdose.
And what was his reasoning for blocking a bill which seems like something that’s basic common sense? Well, because the drug doesn’t “save lives” it just “extends them until the next overdose.” In other words, because naxolone doesn’t cure addiction – there’s no point. I guess in LePage’s mind, it’s better to just let these people die. After all, they’re just drug addicts, right?
Well, Rachel Maddow tore into the Maine governor for his inhumane attitude toward drug addicts.
“Think about that for a second,” Maddow stated. “He’s saying that if you overdose you should not be kept alive if there’s an option to keep you alive. Because you are probably just going to overdose again.”
She then went off on a snarky, sarcastic rant proving how utterly and completely asinine LePage’s “logic” is.
“You know what? If you think about it further, I guess we all are going to die someday,” she continued. “So you could really say that about any medical treatment. I mean, why treat your infection with penicillin or antibiotics? All it’s going to do is extend your life until it ends anyway. You have a treatable form of cancer? Why should the state of Maine abide you getting any treatment for it? Why extend your life when it’s just going to end anyway?”
The problem here is that far too many people still view addiction as some sort of nefarious criminal activity instead of what it really is, a severe mental disorder. While a drug dealer is a criminal, a drug addict (even though they’re still breaking the law), really isn’t. Which is why it’s absurd that we imprison people in this country for addiction.
We don’t jail alcoholics for their addiction, do we? Not unless they end up hurting another person. Just because drugs are illegal doesn’t make the reason why people use and abuse them (their addiction) a “criminal activity.”
It’s 2016, I think it’s about time we start treating drug addicts like people who need help – not judgement, ridicule or prison bars.
Watch the segment below via MSNBC: