Summit Daily letters: A call for a town hall with Senator Cory Gardner
May 18, 2017
Re: Liz Wickert's letter, "Polis town hall: A Republican perspective"
I am happy that a few Republicans attended the Polis town hall. I have invited Senator Gardner to come to Summit County for a town hall meeting – maybe you can convince him. I want to hear what Sen. Gardner's opinions are of health care, the environment, education, FCC changes, the economy, etc. and how or if he is working with his Democratic counterparts. I was inspired that Rep. Polis is working together with some Republicans to try to do what is best for the American people versus continuing the divisiveness that some Republican leaders just cannot give up. Let's have both parties do their job and work for the American people versus special interest groups and corporations. Instead of using your breath and pen to say negative things, how about trying to work together for the common good — compromise means looking for an agreement that is reached by both sides making concessions. You may be proud that you have control of the federal government. I am scared and embarrassed of the incompetence I see running our government.
Anyone can carry anti-overdose drug
I commend Summit County for equipping police officers with Naloxone (Narcan) so they can respond effectively to opioid overdose emergencies. However, it is very important to remember that anyone can carry Naloxone under Colorado law.
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Naloxone is safe and easy to use. Its only purpose is to restore breathing that has dangerously slowed or stopped due to overdose on opioids such as prescription painkillers or heroin. Peers, friends and loved ones are often already on the scene when overdose occurs — when prepared to administer Naloxone, they become the "first responders" who can intervene most promptly when every moment counts. Emergency personnel will take over care once they arrive, but even a brief delay in restoring breathing can lead to brain damage or death.
Coloradans who know someone who is using opioids for any reason should ask their local pharmacist or visit StopTheClockColorado.org to find a pharmacy where they can get Naloxone today without a prescription.
Naloxone is already saving lives in Colorado communities and more widespread knowledge of its availability is vital. This, along with other evidence-based, cost-effective public health harm reduction interventions like sterile syringe access and supervised consumption services, can prevent countless needless deaths.
Amanda Bent, MSW, LSW, MPP
Policy Coordinator, Drug Policy Alliance