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Narcan means Mandatory Treatment

Dear Legislator,
Why not an act law that requires any individual that required Narcan to reverse the effects of opioid overdose to receive mandatory drug treatment. Opioid addicts are in precipitated withdrawal when dosed with Narcan. They are very sick and require medical supervision. This is the best time to seek help but many have no Financial Resources to obtain drug treatment. The state should have mandatory treatment for all those receiving Narcan from Emergency Services, this would give the addict the necessary time to get clean and begin a path to recovery. Many overdose patients simply feel so terrible and sick after Narcan that they will go to any length to get the opiates again. If we are funding Narcan to save their lives, the repercussion should be mandatory treatment.