No more Nalaxone!
So, after some serious budget cuts, Kane County is spending $100,000 for 2,000 additional does of Nalxone, a drug used to counteract the effects of opioid overdoses. That kind of cash could’ve saved the Public Defenders office from being pushed to the brink of extinction.
To be fair, this money is coming out of the riverboat grant fund, but that simply means the County spent that 100 grand somewhere else, because that’s the way the budget works. So it’s still our money. And if it comes down to it, I’d rather see those tax dollars go toward something like chemotherapy for Kane County’s indigent citizens, and here’s why.
1. Addiction is a choice and not a disease
Are some people more prone to addiction that others? Yep! Can an addiction become so powerful that it takes over your life? Yep! But make no mistake, taking that first OxyContin or shooting up for the first time is a choice. Given my fabulous family history, I won’t take any painkiller more powerful than extra-strength Ibuprofen.
2. Taking street opioids is a form of Russian roulette
Addicts overdose on prescription opioids despite the fact they know the dosage. With street drugs, you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.
Have y’all heard of “gray death?” It’s a combination of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil (an elephant tranquilizer) and U-47700, a synthetic opioid. And it’s causing overdose deaths all across the eastern U.S.
Forget Russian roulette, taking that shit is the equivalent of writing a suicide note and, with some notable exceptions, you generally can’t save people from themselves.
3. If those overdosers were primarily black…
They’d be increasing the criminal consequences for doing heroin, not trying to save addicts, as a former law enforcement officer just said to me. And that’s what really frosts my cookies. Apparently, since Caucasian kids are dying from doing opioids, we’ll give them a break.
Ya gotta love white privilege!
I may be socially liberal, but I’m no fan of this kind of nanny state-ism. Perhaps the policy should be you get one dose of Nalaxone, but after that, you’re on your own.
“It wasn’t me!”
In the words of that great philosopher George Thorogood. I do not recall ever saying it would be the Cubs and Yankees in the World Series.
How to win friends and influence people
My Facebook friend and fellow runner, Debbie Mossburg, ran the recent Naperville half-marathon with her service dog Mina for the third year in a row. You see, some folks who suffer from PTSD – and especially our veterans – find peace and solace in service animals.
Why, you might remember the Quick Hits story on the service pig the Batavia City council exempted from their no farm animals ordinance.
Debbie registers Mina in honor of a cancer victim or a supporter of the cause. So, as they’ve done for the past two years, the race organizers announced that Mina completed the race for three straight years.
But when Debbie went up to get her participation medal, the same medal Mina received in 2015 and 2016, this is the conversation that transpired between Mossburg and race director Craig Bixler as he refused to give Mina her medal:
Debbie: She’s run every year with me, she is my service dog for PTSD
Craig: It’s a dog!
Debbie: She’s my service dog!
Craig: Yeah! So! You need a dog! No!
Personally, I love it when our canine friends participate in road races. I regularly run with my dog, the animal gets a huge kick out of running with such a large “pack” and the dogs are much more polite than some of the human runners.
Trust me, this never would’ve happened if George Pradel were still the mayor of Naperville! George would’ve passed out those awards himself!
Way to go Craig! It ain’t easy making me look good by comparison!
A political promise kept!
My hat’s off to 9th District Kane County Board member T. R. Smith for keeping a promise! Early on, he said he’d serve three terms and then give someone else a shot, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.
Good for you T. R!
Elgin knows how to throw a party!
A capacity crowd of 16,000 enjoyed last Saturday’s Nightmare on Chicago Street – Elgin’s annual Halloween street festival. And according to EPD Chief, Jeff Swoboda, there wasn’t a single unnecessary incident either!
Way to go Elgin!
1. The real story behind the St. Charles father who murdered his two daughters and a local attorney’s suicide.
2. Who pickup truck fire bomber Dominic Castelvecchi really is according to former Geneva High School classmates.
3. Kane County prosecutor Alex Bederka complains about the blog.
4. A scandal involving Geneva Police officers having sex in the station while on duty. Oh! And in squad cars too!