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Wonkette apologizes in advance to babies

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a man with a three-page entry in the book 1000 Reasons Space Aliens Should Vaporize Earth, Just To Be Sure, vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed pharmacists to dispense the anti-overdose drug naloxone without a prescription, explaining that allowing easier access to the life-saving drug “serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.” Oh, and also to keep people from dying of overdoses, which, it is true, may lead to their further drug use. Let ’em die, and their addiction is definitely ended.

Maine law currently allows family members of addicts to get prescriptions for the drug, known by its brand name Narcan, which acts to quickly reverse some of the most deadly effects of opioid overdoses, keeping the central nervous system from shutting down and allowing victims to continue breathing. The bill LePage vetoed, LD 1547, would have made the drug easier to get by permitting pharmacists to dispense naloxone over the counter, with no prescription, to any person “at risk of experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose” or to friends or family members of a person at risk.

In addition, the bill would have allowed police and fire departments to keep supplies of Narcan on hand and would have protected pharmacists and healthcare workers from liability when they acted “in good faith and with reasonable care.” Hey, this all sounds like a reasonable approach to dealing with Maine’s opioid and heroin addiction problem, which caused 272 deaths in the state in 2015.

Ah, but not so fast. Paul LePage doesn’t want to encourage addicts to think they might survive an overdose, which will simply make them go out and get high again. Since addicts have all read up on libertarian theory, they’ll do a different cost-benefit analysis and simply be more likely to do highly addictive opioids if they don’t assume there’s a death sentence hanging over them:

“Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,” LePage wrote, repeating a contention that has caused controversy before. “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.”

He seems nice.

About 30 states already allow the sale of Narcan without a prescription, and the Maine bill was requested by the CVS pharmacy chain after Angus King, the independent U.S. Senator from Maine, wrote to the chain requesting expanded availability of the drug. Both law enforcement and health groups testified in favor of the bill. LePage, no fan of mere experts in law enforcement and public health, knows better: You have to get tough with the black drug traffickers named “D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty,” who come into Maine, sell drugs, and impregnate the white girls, too. Oh, and he also knows better than a bunch of egghead drug experts:

LePage has stirred controversy before with his suggestions that naloxone has become a sort of life-saving crutch for opioid addicts as he points to reports of drug users who have been revived multiple times from overdoses by police or rescue squads. Bill supporters reacted strongly on Wednesday to his statement that the antidote merely extends lives “until the next overdose.”

“With this insensitive statement, Gov. LePage is insinuating that Mainers suffering from addiction are beyond reach — that they cannot be saved,” Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, said in a statement. “I disagree. Narcan can be the difference between an early grave and an intervention that can put an addict on the path to recovery. We know that Narcan saves lives. It is incumbent on us to make sure it is readily available.”

For what it’s worth, LePage is partially — if stupidly — correct that some users are rescued multiple times by EMS workers or police using Narcan; as an October 2015 NPR story reported, the CDC estimates that the use of naloxone kits has “reversed at least 26,463 overdoses between 1996 and June 2014.”

But being saved in the short run from an overdose is no guarantee that someone will stop using drugs. Narcan is one tool to improve the odds of survival, many health providers say, but more long-term solutions to addiction are needed, as well.

And thanks to the sorry state of addiction treatment in our great country, there are never enough detox or rehab beds, and so EMS workers do save the same person more than once, with no available follow-up treatment to send them to. Treatment programs are expensive, overburdened, and underfunded, and not as easy as simply yelling about out-of-state drug dealers, telling doctors to prescribe fewer painkillers, and insisting that naloxone is an easy out for drug users.

Let addicts die, and maybe they’ll get the message. Maybe we could try showing them that egg and frying pan thing again.

And the Maine legislature will take up LD 1547 and other vetoed bills again at the end of April, in hopes of getting the two-thirds vote needed to override LePage’s veto.

[Portland Press Herald / Harm Reduction Coalition / NPR]

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  • Skwerl King

    I’m sorry Mr. LePage, I know you are suffering from a myocardium infarction but we cannot administer nitroglycerin. It would be irresponsible to allow you to go out and heart attack again.

  • Creepoman

    Next up for LePlague – summary execution for attempted suicide because if you’re such a loser that you can’t even kill yourself right, Maine’ll do it for you.

    • bupkus23

      But they’ll bill you for it…

  • ManchuCandidate

    Through teabagger ideology I see
    Visions of the things to be
    The suffering that I can ignore for me
    I realize and I can see…

    That OD’ing is painless
    It brings on many changes
    And I can say or legislate it if I please.
    I try to find a way to make
    All my little hatreds relate
    With that ever-present law
    As I know that it’s never too late, and…

    • The Wanderer

      Nice M*A*S*H filk you got there.

    • Msgr_Moment

      I wondered what Frank Burns was doing these days.

  • memzilla

    I think we need to take the vote away from registered Rethuglicans, because this simply perpetuates the cycle of asshattery. There’s no sense in giving these people a ballot in one hand and a teevee remote in the other, so they think they can escape the consequences of their actions. You have to be tough on these shit-peddlers like R-Money, Croozie, and Grifty.

  • I’d like to suggest to Maine voters that by voting for LePage again they will perpetuate the man’s ability to do harm to the good people of Maine.

    • chazmanr

      He is term-limited. He can’t run again. He can be impeached and they had the grounds months ago.

      • I knew as much but I never let hard facts get in the way of my poor snarking abilities.

        • bupkus23

          I saw a report recently that LePage is supposedly looking into running for US Senate against Angus King in 2018.

          Sounds more like LePage has been dipping into the psychedelics again….

  • The Wanderer

    How many times was this Teppichfresser dropped on his head when he was a baby ChuD? Because he certainly needs professional help.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Bonus points for authentic euphemism for der Gröfaz (PBUH).

      • The Wanderer

        (bows)

  • Rick Hill

    Silly liberals, everone knows that the best treatment for all our problems is to make more of ’em and then lock people up and get a nice little kickback from the for profit prison people. Twice as good if you get them in prison after they went to a for profit college and defaulted on their loans. Two kickbacks in one!

    • bupkus23

      Yeah – but who would build and run the prisons and colleges?

  • Msgr_Moment

    Ladies and gentlemen, our new frontrunner for the Pro-Life Leader of the Year!

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    Doesn’t save lives, merely extends them? Yeeeaaahhh.

  • anon_the_great

    Yannow, there is a stone cold logic to it.

    • Creepoman

      Sad but true – we could really cut taxes if we simply smothered every newborn in their crib.

  • goonemeritus

    All medical treatments don’t save lives they only temporarily postpone death.

    • vivian

      Careful, this leads to “all medicine is failure and lies” which leads to “all science is garbage” which leads to “there’s no such thing as climate change.”

      • Blank Ron

        Oh, please, for these twuntwaffles ‘It’s cloudy today’ leads to ‘there’s no such thing as climate change.’

    • Pickwicknext

      I dunno, Death seems like a pretty cool guy. I haven’t been mean to kittens or anything, so we should get along.

      • Creepoman

        He does get to hang with Bowie and Prince.

        • Pickwicknext

          And Rickman

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            All the cool is being taken from the world. I might believe there really is a rapture going down.

          • Pickwicknext

            And this God person might actually be kinda cool?

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            That is my current pet hypothetis, should said deity exist. I mean, dude or dudette put grass to grow and flowers to bloom and birds to sing and made sex wicked fun, so, they can’t be ALL bad.

          • Creepoman

            And it’s a little disappointing to look around and see that we’re among the last being picked for the celestial dodgeball team. I mean, I may be slow, but I got a decent arm.

          • bupkus23

            Take that, evangelicals! There’s been a slow-motion Rapture going on since 1993, and you haven’t been taken! Bwah-ha-ha-ha!

  • baconzgood

    Wow. What a prick.

  • coozledad

    Penicillin is just a crutch. Nitrate of Silver will work just fine on Ted Cruz’ mangy cock.

    • Logic of Color

      As are prescription eyeglasses. Look at how many people with weak eyes could have been removed from the gene pool by now.

      • vivian

        Is it me or this difficult to read?

      • Msmlg1979

        Ouch!

    • Antonin Dvorak

      As those in the Old West were fond of saying: A night with Venus; a lifetime with Mercury.

  • Msmlg1979

    But treating addicts as criminals with no value has worked out so well. They aren’t even human, like a zygote.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Now now, zygotes are PEOPLE and should be PROTECTED.
      Actual living people who have problems? Let the motherfucker’s die.

      Scuse me while I go rage punch something.

      • Msmlg1979

        Come get me. I’ll box up all my dishes, and we can hurl them at something, and scream.

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          Dishes are infinitely more fun to fling unboxed. The shattering is all cathartic.

          • Msmlg1979

            Oh, I mean just to transport them to the breakin’ place of our choice. It IS cathartic.

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            OH! Well in that case, let us instead box up LePage’s dishes. Yours are probably nice ^.^

          • Msmlg1979

            Cute, but inexpensive! Easily replaced.

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            SWEET. You are ON then :D Can we fling them at LePage’s house? I know you are all NC and I am VA, but 95 is /right/ there and all.

          • Msmlg1979

            I can head your way. I drive fast.

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            Grab Pickwick on the way. I am not sure where he/she lives but it can’t be tooo far outta the way. We can share gas and such and camp out along the route ^.^
            I am even skin flinty in my anarchistic revenge fantasies.

          • Msmlg1979

            Canada. Our escape route.

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            DOH! Well that just makes it perfect then, cause Canadia is right by Maine, and they have Justin Tru up there.

          • Msmlg1979

            Not for long… ;)

          • vonhonkington

            i think the msmlg dialogue is my new favorite critter in the ecosystem of wonkette comments (which aren’t allowed).

          • Msmlg1979

            Oh, thank you! That makes me feel great!

        • Pickwicknext

          When my mom got new dishes I suggested a Greek dinner to get rid of the old ones

          • Msmlg1979

            I replaced mine earlier this year, and threw the old ones. I felt a little better. I want to skeet shoot the next ones. Now.

          • Pickwicknext

            Thrift store? Buy some just for skeet shooting?

          • Msmlg1979

            Let’s do it!

          • Pickwicknext

            My passport is vaild, but quick warning: the only gun I have ever held got me really good at Duck Hunt.

          • Msmlg1979

            I’m from Tennessee. I’ve got this. ;)

      • Antimassacree

        ‘Gotes are people? Please let us know where we can find some. We are in the early stages of developing our buddy-road trip movie.
        –President Erdogan and Erick^2

  • Lefty Frizzell

    All medicine is merely interfering with god’s plan. Which is a pretty fantastic thing to say about medicine – it can outfox an omnipotent god!

    • wavicles

      Aha! Unless this God being, having created snowflake exceptionalism, gave us medical knowledge to use to improve our lives. Camoflauging it so we think we’re really sumpin’.
      I use this circular against righties’ positions all over:
      God created LGBT humans so that others get to appreciate diversity, compassion and acceptance and practice thusly.

      I’m a hit at parties, just not the Republican one.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Pepe LePage sounds like Vice Presidential material. Trump should pick him, posthaste!

  • MrBlobfish

    This is the compassionate conservatism a Trump fan brings to our national discourse.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      To be fair to Trump (my once daily good deed for the day), I doubt he would have vetoed this. Since it woulda cost him nil.
      LePage is a class of shitweasel unto himself.

  • Tansy Geek

    You’d think governor Potato would be glad the state and towns would be saving money by having people administer their own Narcan, rather than call the EMTs or haul the person off to the ER, potentially many miles away.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Once again, the government of small government is not actually about having small government and saving anyone money. It is about milking the system for as much cash as they and their cronies can grab. In this case, likely the profit prison industry objected because if they are self Narcaning, how are they gonna arrest the summabitch at the er?

      • Tansy Geek

        They don’t get arrested most of the time. The patient gets treated, sometimes admitted for a day or two (to the more expensive ICU) for observation and recovery, then released. I don’t know if the cops investigate afterwards or what happens in the cases where the cops bring someone in because the patient was behaving erratically and the crashed in the ER.

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          Hrm, they must have changed that then. Back in the day I remember doing some shifts in an ER and the cops would most assuredly arrest the ODing addicts when they were recovered enough to arrest.
          Course, that was Philly. Philly’s got issues. Or, they might have had warrents out for something else that I did not know about.

          • Tansy Geek

            It could just be because we are a small hospital and the cops know where the person is going to be when they wake up and go home.

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            True that, or it could be the other warrent thing XD I had not thought of that until the end there, and it is true that often times people with addiction have done some things to further said addiction. Theft mostly, sometimes prostitution. So I may have been unconciously maligning the popo in my brain after having seen that without having all the facts.

          • bupkus23

            Since they were OD’ing, the cops probably figured they had excess drugs in their system, so they were arrested for possession.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Well, I met a girl once who was arrested IN THE ER while she was being treated for an overdose, but since one example dosn’t a theory prove, I can’t really answer. I do think it’s a shitty thing to do, and likely to cause some people to hesitate to call for help for themselves or a loved one, which can certainly lead to LePew’s desired outcome.

          • Tansy Geek

            It might be a local thing or other factors are involved. I should ask the ER nurses what happens. I think at this point, where I am anyway, the resources are spent on finding out where the patient got his/her drugs and rounding up those people en mass every few months.
            You are right about people delaying the ambulance call out of concern for potential law enforcement involvement. Especially if you’re using too and your friend is unresponsive on your sofa.

  • Ruffle Puffle

    How is this man not the governor of Michigan?

    • Rick Hill

      How is it this man is not doing this job? Oh, yeah. He kinda is.(I got to use this pic twice today)

      • The Wanderer

        If an article about Cruz comes up, you’ll hit the trifecta.

      • Antimassacree

        Before seeing this pic I was not sure exactly where the GOP platform came from.

      • bupkus23

        Nah – if that was LePage behind the elephant, he’d be inspecting it from the inside…

    • Tansy Geek

      All the moral defiency with three times the stupidity.

  • Steven Posey

    I’m not familiar with that particular drug, but I’m guessing if it’s like the other drugs used to save the junk sick, it doesn’t even provide a high, and only eases the symptoms enough to keep the poor junkie from dying.

    That douche bag can’t even use the “THEY’RE JUST USING FER A CHEAP HIGH!” argument, nobody gets a kick from an anti-withdrawal drug, half the time it only stanches the life threatening symptoms, but doesn’t make them go away. The jokes in this article aren’t even jokes, LePage is literally telling Maine that addicts should just die.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Yeah, we sorta got that too, and why he is being called out on it. He is precisely saying they should just die.

    • Scooby

      Actually, Narcan ruins thier expensive high.

      • Steven Posey

        That’s what I thought. I can’t keep the brand/chemical names straight, but I know most of the ones that fight junk sickness tank highs. Icky stuff, junk. I recall a few that were known to ramp up nausea and body aches.

        • Scooby

          It’s not for withdrawal. It actually reverses the effects of opioids. It’s used in overdose situations. You administer it on site then transport to ER..

          • Steven Posey

            I haven’t learned anything about this stuff since I read Burroughs and left my last, really shitty neighborhood :/

          • Scooby

            It’s amazing. They go from a semi-comatose state to being as wide awake as you in seconds.

          • Sardonicuss

            Methedone maintains, Narcan reverses.

          • Scooby

            Exactly

          • Sardonicuss

            They are opposed to both..because, they are proven to work medical treatments, and not god based, “higher power” bullshit abstinence cures.

    • Sardonicuss

      It’s an opioid antagonist, instantly reverses the effect: Think the big needle in pulp fiction, except that was adrenaline….I think?

      • Steven Posey

        I want to say it was. I guess I was getting OD remedies confused with the opiates they used to/tend to use in clinics and other places to keep the withdrawals from killing an addict without getting them all trainspotting-y.

        • Sardonicuss

          It could be that adrenaline is also and antagonist, but I think its more likely Tarantino just thought it would be a better effect to use that giant adrenaline needle. I think in ER’s, Narcan is just administered IV.

          • nmmagyar

            Sub Cut works just as well. There is also an intra-nasal version

      • nmmagyar

        It was adrenaline. Which would kill a person experiencing a cocaine overdose.

        • Sardonicuss

          But, I think it is heroin she snorts. She thinks it is coke, but he had just scored “the real good stuff” heroin.

          • nmmagyar

            That movie was such a mess, pharmacologically (fuck you Disqus, it’s a word) speaking. Her OD presentation was stimulant, not narcotic – racing heartbeat, seizing and whatnot are nothing like a heroin OD.

          • Sardonicuss

            Just another case of Tarentino wanting to look cool, but actually being pretty dim about street stuff. All the drug talk and imagery, like an idea of drugs from somebody who had actually never..done..drugs.

    • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

      If a casual user ODs and is given narcan it basicly fixes the problem. If a physically habituated addict is treated with narcan it treats the immediate not breathing etc. problem, but then you have the instant withdrawal to treat. Not the least bit enjoyable for anyone.

      • Steven Posey

        Like I said, I was getting it confused with the opiates used in clinics and other places to keep users out of junk sickness without getting them high.

  • Scooby

    Extending his logic there should be no AEDs because they only extend your life until the next heart attack.

  • Spurning Beer

    By Governor LePage’s logic, food should not be given to starving individuals, since it only postpones the problem until the next time they are hungry.

    • Creepoman

      See also, air to drowning victims.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Pretty sure he was already on that with the whole SNAP BS he dun played around with.

    • Pickwicknext

      “If you give a a man a fire he’ll be warm for a day. But, if you set fire to him, he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

      • Jared Moss

        “For about the next 60 seconds of it.”

    • Jesus said, let the poor moochers starve!! No more welfare babiez living on lobster and cavierz

      • Creepoman

        Eatin’ lobstah is an express ticket to hell anyway, at least in Jebus’ time.

        • The bible sayz lobsters are an abomination in the eyes of god. No Lobster or Pork for you!

        • BosGrl

          Be careful – there is lobstah in the scrambled eggs.

    • BosGrl

      I guess I shouldn’t be able to buy cute plus size clothing because it means I have no incentive to lose weight. Back to the muumuu.

  • Tallmutha

    Hmmm, I’m an addict. Should I shoot up today or suffer the tortures of the damned in Hell in the form of heroin withdrawal? (Reads the paper.) Yikes! Better not get high! If I overdose I may not be able to obtain medication that could save my life! OK, that’s settled. I’m going to go out and look for a job.

  • Sardonicuss

    I bet Maine, like most states has state mandated NA treatment (if they have any at all). NA, like AA, is an complete abstinence non-medical based treatment, with a success rate of less than “I think I will just quit”.
    The difference being that: If they force dry you out of being an alcoholic, and you relapse (consuming the quantity of alcohol you were used to before detox), you wake up with a lot of regret and a wicked hangover.
    If you relapse after drying out from opioids and consume the same quantity you were used to before detox; you wake up dead.
    Tolerance isn’t just a thing all Republicans seem to lack, it’s what allows an opioid addict to consume enough drug to kill a horse.
    Venal doesn’t even begin to describe the stupidity of people opposing actual medical treatments for addiction.

    • revenant

      reading about Paul LePage makes me miss heroin…it would be so much easier to tolerate such assholery on the nod

    • Courser

      I think that’s the thing that gripes my soul the most. Since they reject ‘science’ as a libtard stronghold the *only* type of rehab they support is total abstinence. There are drugs out there that really help addicts quit and relieve most of the worst withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, the Xtians want everyone to be dragged to the cross on their knees and suffer ‘like Christ suffered’. Horseshit! There is nothing ‘Holy’ about suffering. Nothing.

      They’re all a bunch of sadists as bad as the ole Marquis de Sade.

    • BearGHAZI

      I’m sober now but I went to two AA based therapies in my wild youth. WORTHLESS. I will cut a bitch before I hear someone drone on about their higher power while seated in a circle.

      • Sardonicuss

        AA and NA will not release any statistics on their success rates, but a few years back, an insider leaked the numbers at less than 4%. Which is literally less than people who try to quit by just….quitting. 14%.

        • BearGHAZI

          Every loser in there is on their 5th or 6th round! ‘It works if you work it’ my butthole! My outpatient program was really expensive despite the fact that in a month I had to sit through the same VHS lecture- twice! Now I’m gettin’ a little steamed, maybe

          • Sardonicuss

            Their central tenets, the things they tell you to embrace, are actually the things that are clinically proven to make it more likely you stay an addict.
            “It is a disease which you are powerless to control.” (Just gives you a reason to keep on abusing, you have no control over it.)
            Surrender your will to a higher power. (Bullshit, again robs you of your agency)
            The fact that the state forces people to undergo this antiquated, ill connived religious indoctrination, in leiu of proven medical treatment, is the most under the radar travesty, since …civil forfeiture laws and the private prison industrial complex.

  • dslindc

    Appropriate:

    • The Wanderer

      Yay! The Bunny returns.

      • wavicles

        Returns? I see that wabbit daily, sometimes multiples.

    • Malmborg Implano

      We love you, baby bunny!

  • Michelle Singleton

    I might be mis-remembering, but wasn’t it the librul side who wanted death panels via Obummer-care?
    Because it seems to me that it’s the R’s want them and are actively perusing them (in various ways).

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      It really is always projection with these people.
      THEY want to say who lives and who dies.
      THEY want to say who votes, and who does not.
      THEY want to say what is right and what is wrong.
      And if they can’t, they blame the other side for trying to do the same.

      • SessileRaptor

        Don’t forget “Claiming that all transgender people would rape a woman in a bathroom of given the chance.”

        I have an uncle who’s a Fox news conservative, and an aunt who’s a hardcore liberal.

        The uncle “hired” his own son as a farmhand at minimum wage so he could get food stamps and such, exploiting the government for every penny while complaining about “inner city welfare queens” (and he in no way needed to,he’s a multi millionaire from both farming and patents he owns)

        Meanwhile my aunt has a broken pelvis and refuses to go into hospice for recovery, partly because “Oh, I wouldn’t want to take a bed away from someone who might need it more.”

        • Courser

          Holiday dinners must be interesting. Also, I really hope your Aunt gets the care she needs. Her needs are important as well.

      • calliecallie

        THIS!

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    What a hoofwanking bunglecunt.
    It had to be said.

    • SnarkOff

      Lewis Carroll? Is that you?

  • SnarkOff

    LePage is wrong and cruel, but I could absolutely see an addict pushing his or her luck knowing that there was an antidote nearby.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      My experience with junkies is that they will do just about anything in service of their addiction. We still have to try to keep them from dying.

      • Sardonicuss

        In civilized countries, where they use medical based treatments (like methadone for maintenance and Narcan to keep addicts from dieing).. That phenom disappears. Along with all the associated crime.
        Turns out, most junkies don’t want to live the life of a miserable junkie. They don’t get high anymore, they have to take ever escalating quantities just to feel normal.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          True that. Frankly, I have mixed feelings about that as well….parts of Vancouver-where Drublic Jr. went to college-are like Night of the Living Dead. But yeah, without the crime. I have no good answers…obviously what we’re doing isn’t working.

          • nmmagyar

            Methadone without actual fucking addiction treatment will keep folks alive (in and of itself a noble exercise) but we need to address the actual fucking addiction. Which we suck at.

      • SnarkOff

        Yes, agree 100 percent.

    • Tammy Minton Haley

      that’s not how addictions work…i’m sorry, but that’s an ignorant statement, and perpetuates the idea that addicts are just relcalcitrant assholes who should know better…

      • SnarkOff

        Addicts are addicted, and addiction makes people think and behave in ways that are not in their best interest. You said “addicts are recalcitrant assholes.” I didn’t.

  • SessileRaptor

    Found LePage’s favorite movie hero.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfhcUP0bWTk

  • Jared Moss

    How has this man NOT been arrested and imprisoned for crimes against his own constituents??

  • Indiepalin

    LePage’s exchange program, whereby hypodermic needles are exchanged for machine guns, has been a resounding success.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    You know, this is why I stopped buying orange juice…I just drink it all up and have to buy more. I had to break the cycle.

    • wavicles

      Plus, if there are youngsters around they might get into it too. Then you’d really have a problem

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Wait! Wait! Just substitute “scotch” for “orange juice”!!!! Think about what you have done! Quelle horreur!

  • Since all us right winger bible thumpers are so concerned with “saving” women from the evils of abortions and ensuring that these all these fetal cells have their day in court (FETAL CELLS R PERSONZ), I’m pretty sure Jesus said in the Bible, “let all the addicts die because I am so over bringing druggies to my father’s houst”. Broman 4:20

    I’m pretty sure my DSMV says something about addiction and how we should treat the cause not castrate the turds.

  • Nockular cavity

    Can we put a permanent “Do not resuscitate” sign on LePage? Because if he has a heart attack and the EMTs bring him back, isn’t that just renewing the cycle of, like, breathing?

    • Antimassacree

      I would take such a situation as a definite sign that God wants LePage to receive his eternal reward right away.

      • Nockular cavity

        Exactly! You don’t want to violate God’s will, do you?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Assumes facts not in evidence: to wit, a heart that could have a heart attack.

  • goonemeritus

    A Tea Partist and a Nihilist, who could’ve seen that coming?

    • willi0000000

      this time it’s gotta be Hitler!!!!!

  • fawkedifiknow

    I believe he may just have stumbled on the formula for finally repealing Obamacare. Get rid of health care and the need for it will die off.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      I thought that was always their general aim?

      • Courser

        Yeah, I thought the Rethugs reaction to Obamacare was, “If you are poor and get sick, please do us the favor of dying quickly.”

        • malsperanza

          Or at least cheaply.

        • laineypc

          If you’re rich and sick, though, please, by all means, stay alive but keep being sick.

      • laineypc

        It would be, but that would cause too much of a dent in the plutocracy.

  • sweeper

    ” they are going to die, let them do it, and decrease the surplus population”

    • Jared Moss

      Props for the Dickens

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Are there no prisons?

  • Nockular cavity

    Apparently he takes his motto from Ivan Drago: “If he dies, he dies.”

  • Mpeg

    OK wonkette, that’s enough with the FaceSwap hijinks. The nightmares I have tonight from that LaPage-faced babby trying to barf its breakfast at me will be all your fault!

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    This morning’s stories are so clogged up with stupid, they could reverse the space-time continuum: Brisdull, syPhyllis, One-L, and LePew all in one mommyblog!

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    Let’s not bother protecting bigot cake bakers; it only encourages more to be bigotted.
    Let’s see…how else can we use his logic to further the liberal agenda?

  • baconzgood

    So he doesn’t want to do somthing that will save lives and cost the state nothing. That’s like James Bond evil.

  • Vecciojohn LLC

    And now, this public service announcement.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh7l8dx-h8M

  • nmmagyar

    Evil motherfucker need to rot in hell after he votingly dies in a fire. I ran syringe exchange programs that were at the vanguard of Narcan distribution. I used my connections in the grocery store industry to expand availability of Narcan on request. The most disgusting fucking comment I heard in my community work was when I explained what it was and how it worked, was hearing “Why would you want to save their lives?”.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      *twitch* rage…growing.
      Ya know, it is cute how some people are the authority in who should live and who should die. Liberals ought to start doing that, just so they maybe get how it feels.
      Stupid rules for radicals.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Put me in charge. Tumbrels for the deserving.

    • Shan

      Jesus. People like that are why OTHER people use drugs in the first place.

      • nmmagyar

        IKR?

    • Dudleydidwrong

      As someone said upstream, “This is pro-life at its height.”

    • malsperanza

      Go you. How great to use commercial networks to increase access. Brilliant.

      • nmmagyar

        *blushes*

    • Redstart

      I would be tempted to look that person in the eye and say, “I take it you’re not a Christian, then?”

    • HanBarbara

      Tell them to make a small substitution: “Why would you want to save my child’s life”. I heard that as applied to suicides at the GG Bridge.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Do they have a drug to cure the dumbass? He could sure use that.

    • Halfton81

      The amounts he’d have to take to get right … shit, he’d probably OD.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Admittedly, it is not always easy to maintain one’s equanimity when dealing with serious addicts. The meth zombies that surround my shop would strip the place bare in a few hours if they could. But some way, somehow, you have to find some degree of empathy within yourself and treat them like fellow human beings, damn the consequences.

    • Malmborg Implano

      There are many reasons why we shouldn’t treat addicts like subhuman throwaways, but here’s just a few: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Peter Lorre, Lenny Bruce, William S. Burroughs, James Taylor, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. All opiate addicts who made valuable and lasting contributions to our culture. Maine should be ashamed of Paul Le Page.

      • HanBarbara

        And Miles Davis

    • nmmagyar

      Protecting your personal property SHOULD NEVER INCLUDE PEOPLE DYING! FFS!

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Of course not. I’m simply being honest about my personal struggles to avoid becoming jaded and uncaring as a consequence of my own fairly marginal livelihood frequently being impacted by theft.

        • nmmagyar

          I know you are a good guy, but this is incredibly personal to me. Sorry for getting shouty, but I cannot get to the point where I think even protecting the Mona Lisa is worth the life of an addict.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            No apology needed…it’s obviously a subject that has affected your life in a profound way. As I said in a previous post, I don’t pretend to have any good answers.

          • laineypc

            Your perspective is very much needed. Too often people who are not close to a problem think they know, and we don’t know what we don’t know. Liberals are not immune from this either.

  • JustPixelz

    Ladies and gentlemen: The Pro-Life Approach.

  • beatbort

    He’s addicted to one of the most powerful drugs in the universe: stupidity.
    Maybe he’ll OD.

    • Pickwicknext

      Stupidity: not as fatal as one would hope/expect

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Don’t let the “Darwin Awards” fool you. Stupidity has a bad habit of killing the wrong people.

  • jesuswasablack

    Maybe he could just give all the addicts a gun!

    • Notreelyhelping

      What they need is a good, swift kick in the heinie! That’ll straighten them right out. No more of this mollycoddling–

      Goddamn it, are we out of coffee AGAIN?

  • Thaumaturgist

    I find hate energizing myself.

  • beatbort

    I know I ask this every time a story comes up about this guy: Do people actually vote for this guy?
    If so, fuck you Maine.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Republicans around the country have condemned LePage’s veto:

    “While causing needless deaths and addressing a social problem in a vindictive, punitive, and counterproductive fashion is usually a sound Republican policy approach, in this case the Governor can be seen to be ignoring a request from a corporation. That cannot stand!

    “Between this and North Carolina Governor McCrory going against business interests there by signing the ‘religious freedom’ bill instead of just letting the legislature dangle it in front of the mooks like a carrot on a string as is the approved procedure, well, we just don’t know what is happening with our Republican governors any more. Thanks, Obama.”

  • Lance Thrustwell

    LePage’s logic is sound. Of course, that same sound logic could justify refusing hospital care to a habitual speeder that gets into an accident. I’m sure we’ll see that bill get approved in Maine any day now.

    • Antimassacree

      And rescue inhalers only encourage people with asthma to breathe, only to be followed later by the need for another and another use of these expensive devices.

  • Antimassacree

    Can only assume LePage will soon put out forward a modest proposal to give addicts all of the heroin that they want for free to increase the likelihood of overdose deaths. The long-term savings would be substantial since there would be lots fewer addicts.

  • bupkus23

    Paul LePage’s behavior is just emblematic of what is wrong with entirely too many Americans today – the idea that their provincial views of the world are somehow worth consideration, no matter how hateful and idiotic they are ( it’s all a matter of opinion, ain’t it? ).

    I’m beginning to think that votes are NOT the remedy that Wonketeers submit. Nothing but an extinction event will do. Preferably a selective extinction event, but hey, you take what you can get…

    • Suttree

      At some point they will be too stupid to procreate. I hope.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Alas, the selfish gene built in all sorts of safeguards to insure its propagation no mater how moranic the host.

        • Suttree

          Unfortunately, that is correct. I’m hoping that their stupidity can somehow legislate themselves to extinction. Or maybe we can all start praying that god raptures these fuckers tomorrow.

    • laineypc

      Selective extinction – isn’t that the goal of terrorist groups?
      I know it’s too hard to bear thinking that there’s no way out of our own stupidity. I think I will just have to go listen to some Prince now.

      • bupkus23

        It also appears to the goal of Governor Paul LePage – just a different group.

  • Scooby

    FYI, We use Narcan way more on people who have overdosed on legal prescription opioids then on street drugs.

  • Suttree

    Fuck this asshole! I had a friend down south who died from an opiate overdose. She had been in a car accident (not her fault) that required back surgery, and she was always in constant pain. She went to rehab to kick opiates and alcohol, but was only successful with alcohol. Her pain was too intense to not have something to alleviate it, and she fell into that downward spiral. She died a few weeks after I moved back up north, so all I could do was talk to her mother and send flowers. If she was with friends or family and had Narcan in her purse, she would be alive today and loving her little daughter.

    • BosGrl

      Sorry about your friend. If even one death results from this veto, LePage should be held criminally responsible for the death if Narcan could have saved the person and it wasn’t available

  • chicken thief

    After the press conference Le Page went to his car and removed the airbags, because fuck it, if you have a wreck there is no sense in attempting to save your life because you’ll just wreck again.

  • Malmborg Implano

    Okay, there’s your death panel right here.

    • Hardly Ideal

      I’m pretty sure there’s one within seven miles of my home. C’mon, I’ll show you.
      *hop in the car*
      *grumble at the radio*
      *awkward babbling about the new Homeworld game*
      Aha, here we are. 3080 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, California. That thar’s an office for Anthem Blue Cross. That’s your fuckin’ death panel.

  • chicken thief

    Since we are all going to die, we could greatly reduce the cost of healthcare in the US by simply abolishing any treatment for any illness/condition. Look, I just saved everyone TRILLIONS of dollars! You’re welcome!

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      That’s the logic, in a nutshell.

    • Antimassacree

      Nice try, but too late for creativity points. This is already the GOP platform position.

    • Rick Hill

      Well, we should remove aspirin from all healthcare plans, at the very least. Because, you know, contraceptive.

  • Pinkham’s Law

    I think Gov. LePage’s stance is to be commended. His detractors seem to ignore the fact that, while it can save lives in the hands of trained professionals, naloxone remains dangerous drug in its own right if used improperly.

    Drugs.com lists the side effect as including depressed breathing; tachycardia; Cardiac Arrhythmia, Fribrillation and arrest; Left ventricular failure; coma; encephaloathy; and death. In addition, it should be noted that use of this will cause immediate symptoms of withdrawal in addicts, which can, themselves, be life threatening.

    It seems obvious that it would absurd to allow such a potenially dangerous drug to be available with no control over it. It poses a significant risk to the public if released as an over the counter drug, available without proper training in its use.

    Gov. LePage should be commended for his courage and dedication to protecting the people of Maine.

    • Antimassacree

      Dispensed by pharmacists without a prescription does not equal “no control.”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      You’re just justifying your nym, are you not?

      • bupkus23

        sure seems like it. no?

      • Pinkham’s Law

        . . . maybe?

    • nmmagyar

      So, so very wrong on every level. AOT,K in fact.

    • dshwa

      Yeah, nearly all the side effects are because it triggers an immediate withdrawal reaction, which while it can kill you, that’s pretty rare and overlooks the fact that the patient getting it is already dying from the overdose.

    • HanBarbara

      So rather than risking as a remote possibility, death from the side effects of this drug, the person should be allowed to become definately dead from a drug overdose. I’m not sure I follow your logic.
      You can treat withdrawal symptoms. I’m not sure what the medical treatment is for death.

      • Pinkham’s Law

        Ahh, caught another one! *pulls hook, places catch in livewell*

  • E.A. Blair

    An overdose seems like the only cure for Governor LePage.

    • Antimassacree

      You’d think making him stand out in the rain might lead him to drown the way they say turkeys do. (Are turkeys really that stupid?)

      • lroom

        I thought it was chickens even though they are all far more intelligent than this asshole.

        • Redstart

          I was told that when chickens in a big chicken house are startled they all rush into a pile-up in the corner, then struggle to get to the bottom of the pile where they suffocate. Stupid birds. But yes, more intelligence in their little chicken fingers than in the pea-brain of Governor LePage.

  • Callyson

    Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose

    Because I’m sure there is no such thing as an addict coming to terms and getting off drugs after a near-death experience. Jesus, what an asshole…

    • SullivanSt

      And obviously fear of death totally stopped people like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Layne Staley and Mike Starr from going off the rails.

  • YoBunnyBunny

    Votes, motherfuckers!!!!! Votes…

    You know, many of the users probably aren’t using with the aim of getting overdose-level fucked up. A lot of users are probably think they’re getting the same grade of whatever they’ve been using, but find out after the fact that they’re using something stronger, such as the stuff mixed with fentanyl… Yeah, I know LePage and his ilk are shitstains on the backside of humanity, but he’s basically saying these people should die for the laced shit their pushers are giving them… Votes, motherfucker, votes…

  • chicken thief

    Brizdull and others are always worrying their pretty little heads about who is peeing in the stall next to their daughters and posting picks of the most extreme example they can find.

    I think it’s time we started worrying about our sons as well. Do you want your son to have to share a restroom with this?!

    • Antimassacree

      “I know it feels awkward at first, taking showers with the rest of the gym class, but you’ll get used to it.”
      –Coach Hastert

      • TheBidenator

        “Listen to us kids, we know a lot about this”
        -Coach Sandusky

      • SullivanSt

        “Indeed you will. They all get used to it”
        –Coach Sandusky

        • Antimassacree

          “You might find a little more soap helps.”

      • cat cafe

        Laughed out loud at that one.

    • TheBidenator

      I definitely don’t want my son sharing a buffet with THAT….he’d probably lose a limb or three.

    • SullivanSt

      I wouldn’t want my son to have to share a state with that asshole, let alone a restroom.

  • paul helssom

    “Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,”

    Pretty much every medication known “merely extends” life, you baserimming douchewaffle.

    • The Wanderer

      Baserimming douchewaffle FTW.

    • TheBidenator

      baserimming….? I know I will be sorry that I asked but…?

      • SullivanSt

        Does the “base” part mean no dental dam or something?

        • TheBidenator

          I dunno, that’s a new one and urban dictionary is banned from my work…I assume it involves something dirty with baseball bases. Maybe assplay or squat cobbler….

          • SullivanSt

            Turns out it’s not defined on urban dictionary, so we have a pretty good excuse for not having heard it before.

            Also, it hurts me to laugh right now, probably put too much weight on the torso twist machine night before last, so please stop reminding me of the funniest bits of Better Call Saul.

          • TheBidenator

            Maybe we should plop it in there:
            Baserimming- to cop a squat on first base and then sit on it as a form of erotica for baseball fans who love scat.
            Baserimming- to attempt to shove a base up someone’s ass.
            What do you think? I had more to add on to the first one to fit ‘rimming’ into there but it would have gotten really, really awful.

  • Joshua Norton

    “Facts” are never terribly helpful in combating a wingnut’s over-reliance on nothing but uninformed emotion.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      And spite, malice, and lack of empathy.

      • cat cafe

        And racism. He still tries to pretend this is a problem only for the blahs.

  • calliecallie

    Farewell and ado to ye fair addict Mainers
    Farewell and ado to ye addicts of Maine
    For Govn’r LePuke is a foul human shit stain
    But we hope in a short time he’ll be out on his taint.

    • The Wanderer

      (applauds) I can see Robert Shaw singing that.

      • Redstart

        But somehow, not Schooner Fare. As much as I’d like them to.

  • Blank Ron

    So what is the most effective Paul LePage treatment?

    • Anarchy Pony

      The same, with votes of course…

  • Professor LonelyCats

    Ah yes, because someone fell off the wagon five times in three days means they are always unsaveable…. Oh wait, no, that’s not actually a thing. People who are broken and addicted still matter, people who don’t realize their addicted matter, people who don’t want to quit matter. What was it you white people say when people are protesting cold blooded murder by cops? “All lives matter”, what happened to that?

  • TheBidenator

    Lower your heads in shame, Mainers. In fact go sit in the fucking corner and wear this “we’re fuckheads” cloak of failure- I don’t want to see any of you for the rest of today.

    • SullivanSt

      Population of Maine in 2014: 1.33 million
      Number of registered voters in 2012: 965 thousand
      Number of votes for Paul LePage in 2014: 294,533

      In 2010 he snuck through with only 37.6% of the vote. 2014 was still a sub-50% plurality.

      • TheBidenator

        That actually just makes me angrier that the stupid snowflakes were too lazy to go vote this shitcock out after getting a term of him into their systems. So now I want Mainers to wear this bucket that has “asshole” scrawled on top of it over their heads as well…

      • Damian L

        Well,what is it gonna take for the assholery of Maine to, at the least,recall this scuzzbucket?

    • UpstateNYObserver

      Whether they voted for this prick or stayed home a majority of Maine’s voting population gave us this dipshit. Maine’s election cycle is in off-years, 2014 was the last. So, go ahead, stay home again in 2018 and maybe you’ll be really lucky and LePage will morph into a nastier version of Sam Brownback. In 2010, more than 60% of the votes was split between 3 other people. Come on Maine, stop doing the Nader to yourselves.

  • SullivanSt

    You know where opioid addiction is growing fastest?

    Among older, rural whites, aka LePage’s base.

    Y’know where addiction services are least available?

    In rural areas.

    Yup, the governor is venal and stupid enough to just let his electoral base die. What a fuckhead.

    • malsperanza

      Just keep repeating: Drug addiction is an urban black problem. Drug addiction is an urban black problem. Drug addiction is an urban black problem. Drug addiction is an urban black problem.

  • dshwa

    Asshole. That is all I have to say.

  • TheBidenator

    I just want to say that if Paul LePage was dying of cardiac arrest right in front of me and I had a shot of epinephrine to administer I’d save it because even though I’m only in my 30’s I may need it some day for myself. Cost-benefit and also fuck that guy.

    • SullivanSt

      Definitely on the “wouldn’t piss on if burning” list.

    • notfromvenus

      Well, you know, it doesn’t actually save lives, it just extends them until the next heart attack…

  • malsperanza

    The Party of Personal Responsibility wants to decide whether or not you have access to medication. Nice.

  • TheBidenator

    Fat fuck- let’s just see how quickly he begs for life extending assistance when he suffers a myocardial infarction. But governor, keeping you alive is just perpetuating your addiction to food….

  • jellysblues

    Another pro life republican

  • doktorzoom

    The “DCD”? That’s the Dyslexia Centers for Disease (Control) — Fixed!

    • TheBidenator

      Shouldn’t that be backwards?

      • Me not sure

        Thought I was it!

  • Me not sure

    How would he feel if I was Governor of Maine and vetoed over the counter bacon sales?

    • bupkus23

      He’d probably thank you for sparing his relatives.

  • timpundit

    And here I thought we in Michigan had the worst Governor, hands down, but the competition is fierce.

    • TheBidenator

      No he’s still the worst- he’s just as much of a heartless jackalope as LePage but LePage hasn’t gone GLaDOS on his own populace with neurotoxins to save a buck, YET.

      • laineypc

        Letting people die of a neurotoxic level of opioid overdose instead of giving them treatment and rehab is probably saving a buck or two.

        • TheBidenator

          This doesn’t have the same flavor of poisoning an entire city of 100,000….this is just more of Paul LePage’s vendetta against the imaginary black drug dealers Shifty, Smoothy and D-Money who he is terrified are flooding into Maine to sell drugs and worst of all, impregnate white girls.

          • laineypc

            true, yes, absolutely. I hope the entirety of the clusterfuck in Michigan on up to the governor go to jail and get their asses sued completely off.

  • data_ninja

    Lemme get this straight: Less regulations are better for everyone, no life saving drugs for victims of addiction, and having welfare/food stamps creates a cycle of dependency for those that need it.

    But the answer to gun violence is always more guns. Makes perfect fucking sense, if you’re a goddamn lunatic.

    • Hardly Ideal

      Sanity is the crutch of the weak?

  • Bitter Scribe

    Hell, let’s just shoot everyone who abuses opiods in the head. That would end their addiction and save time.

    Remind me again why this guy still has a job?

  • Markuserektus

    By extension, where’s the value in saving any life? We are just as likely to get shot, die in a car accident or some other human foible. Just eliminate emergency medical services altogether and save big.

    • Alexander Stallwitz

      We shouldn’t save anyone because they are going to die anyway. Why waste money on healthcare. Let’s take this chain of “logic” to its logical end

      • Alexander Stallwitz

        and while we are at it, why do we need hospitals? all that land is being wasted. I mean everyone dies, why should we waste resources on an useless cause anyway.

    • HorseChestnut

      When my nephew choked on a hot dog and we did the Heimlich – sure, it saved him for a while. But then he just went and choked on something else, and we had to do it again! It’s like, what’s the point? We’re just encouraging the choking cycle. If he wants to chew insufficiently, I say society’s better off without him.

      • AKRNC

        Looking at LePage, I see a clearly overweight man who might have a heart attack resulting in cardiac arrest, why administer CPR or try to shock his heart into beating again…he’ll only keep eating a high fat diet, not exercising, only to have another heart attack…why bother? Just let LePage die!

  • JustDon’tSayDittos

    It’s bunny time

  • Riggsveda

    Even though I’m always the 267th commenter on these things I had to offer my totally unbiased professional opinion that LaPage is the piece of wet dog shit that keeps on giving, that never quite comes off a shoe, that smells to high heaven no matter how much bleach is used on it, and best of all, the damn fools of Maine that let him splat out twice onto the steps of the governor’s manse can look forward to a lifetime of cleaning bills in the form of a pension for him long after he’s been scraped off the concrete. Go democracy!!

  • laineypc

    Dude, you’re a Catholic. What part of pro-life is confusing you? Are you seriously telling me you’ll keep granny from avoiding a prolonged, expensive, painful death because all life is sacred, but you’re happy to withhold life saving treatment because you think doing so would be “enabling” addiction?

  • Ben Trumble

    A case could be made that LaPage has finally crossed the line opening up lawsuits for criminally negligent homicide. It’s easy to understand nutf*ck Govs in those states where cousins still marry cousins — as long as they aren’t twin dick assbangers — but Maine is generally sane. Where in Pennywhistle the clown when some creepy crawly need to drag sh*t for brains into the sewers?

  • Cosmo Lupertazzi
  • beavertank

    Surely it can’t just be a coincidence that Paul LePage both looks like, and acts like, a puckered anus… can it?

  • HorseChestnut

    I do need to point out that denying CVS the right to sell in-demand (literally!) products to consumers based on “threats to the public health” is ah… not so libertarian. This is true for both heroin and Narcan.

  • DantesE

    Narcan is fast and effective. Side bonus you get all the benefits of being dope sick without the buzz. However it can only be administered by someone who is NOT also nodding. This is why providing a clean safe monitored place to shoot up will reduce deaths even more.As for dying of an overdose being a preventative, using addicts do not think like normal people do. Trying to explain this to a non addict is like trying to describe the color red to someone who has been blind since birth. Let me tell you how we/they think.When fentanyl was hitting the streets for the first time back in the early 90s news reports of increasing numbers of addicts being found dead in New York, Chicago, Detroit and other big cities started coming out. A bunch of us piled into a car with no heater in winter with every cent we could get and drove to Detroit to get some. See we had to get there fast before they sold it all. When you’re in the grip this makes perfect sense.
    The last time I looked 1 in 10 using addicts find recovery and stay clean. Maybe if enough of them survive an over dose those numbers could change. . BTW my clean date is 30 June 1997.

    • doktorzoom

      Congratulations, and we’re glad to (still) have you with us!

  • MrCanoehead

    I am seriously losing my faith in democracy if skidmarks like this guy keep getting elected.

  • Sakonyachen

    The egg and frying pan thing didn’t work on me because I like fried eggs better than raw eggs. I also like fried fish better than raw fish. Potatoes, bacon, gizzards liver……….

    So I’m sure my brain would be tastier if I fried it! What about the cannibals! Won’t somebody think of the cannibals?!

    • Lamashtar

      I know! Drugs make everything taste better!

      • Sakonyachen

        I’ve heard that using a lot of meth or crack makes penises taste really good.

  • harryeagar

    I just solved a problem that’s been bugging me no end. I am sure I’ve seen Paul LePage somewhere, but I’ve never been to Maine. Just realized he is the love child that J.Edgar Hoover always wanted to have with Clyde Tolson.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Too bad the blowjob queen kicked off. We could have had another round of Just Say No.

  • SadDemInTex

    Who is voting for this horror show? Who? I want a show of hands (excuse me while I check my fire hose).

  • Nick Gorton

    Sooo…. having given naloxone to many heroin overdoes (as an ER doc) I can tell you they are generally a teensy bit peeved that they got the drug. And by ‘teensy’ I mean jump off the stretcher and start strangling the person who gave it to them. It’s the ultimate buzzkill and gives profound withdrawal symptoms including excruciating pain, projectile vomiting, and shitting one’s pants – simultaneously. It’s a party in a syringe kids! So I don’t think that heroin addicts will be holding “a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other”. If anything the injection is in their backpack to use in the extreme situation where it’s death or narcan – not an every day occurrence.

    What. A. Douche.

  • Jimmy Dee

    But the problem with whining about this is that he’s right! I grew up around addicts and it’s been a big part of my life (all negative too).

    I guess people who are against this method of drug abuse prevention haven’t really been through the cycle.

    Honestly, fentanyl is the best thing that has ever happened to addicts. They are striving as hard as they can to reach the end of their wretched journey in the least pleasant way possible. Every time they use drugs, they are clawing their way towards death (no I don’t include cannabis here, Fentanyl affects heroin users primarily, so I’m talking about heroin).

    And I say that as a person who has watched people die from their addictions and watched people beg for death as they go through withdrawal who still haven’t died from their addictions (although they abjectly refuse to get clean). I have loved ones who are dying a little more every day and making their lives as horrible as possible before they get there. Drug addiction *will* cause their early deaths. It *is* the cause of their horrible lives. Fentanyl would simply bring their habits to their logical conclusion.

    The thing with the frying pan and egg is that it creates the idea of some vague bad stuff happening. Fentanyl is not even close to the same.

    The frying pan thing is like the sign that says “don’t play on the train tracks, you can get hurt”. Fentanyl is getting hit by the train.

    The frying pan doesn’t stop everyone from playing with danger. Fentanyl stops them dead.

    Naloxone absolutely does prolong the misery. It benefits nobody because the worst thing about addicts’ lives is their lives.

    Fentanyl does three things: #1 – cuts short lives full of suffering (both the addicts and the people they affect), #2 – shows that heroin genuinely *is* dangerous – right now, today – Russian Roulette with an extra bullet in the rotation, #3 – it deprives cash flow for drug pushers.

    All three of those things are extremely good on many levels.

    My mind boggles that this isn’t more commonly understood. Life is precious. Don’t waste it. We each only have one life to live.

  • LaPage is proof that people from the 1950’s have somehow found a way to travel forward in time- a time to which they have yet to evolve. Maybe the USS Enterprise was thrust back in time, accidentally allowed people to see their ship and had to take them to the future so they can’t alter the past… yes, that must be it.

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