Sandusky Register, June 27
It’s not your grandfather’s war on drugs. It can’t be.
Over the years, we’ve watched police officers and agencies fight the good fight. Get the bad guys off the streets.
We’ve also watched as the fight changed and law enforcement leaders, who see the casualties from the front line in the drug war, became advocates for recovery.
They still have to do their jobs: enforce the state’s drug laws.
But police agencies are now out front in a different way.
They save lives by administering Narcan — an antidote to death — to addicts suffering from critical overdoses.
They’ve become the ad hoc detox centers at their jails, where addicts who are incarcerated suffer “dope sickness,” as their systems begin recovering through a very painful withdrawal process.
Some inmates come through the jailhouse detox with hope, but jailers see them back again and again, suffering through the same cycles of returning again and again and going through detox without ever reaching any sort of sustained recovery.
Law enforcement leaders have become some of the fiercest advocates of recovery.
The Marietta Times, June 28
Those of us who own pets often say we consider them part of our family.
But first responders rescuing our pets from crisis situations, such as house fires or car accidents, haven’t been legally covered to provide basic first aid to those animals.
Now they can.
A new law in Ohio came about over concern about police dogs injured in the line of duty. Prior to the law, which takes effect Aug. 31, first responders would have to call in a veterinarian to care for animals, sometimes losing precious minutes in the process.
This new law doesn’t mean pet owners should call 911 when their pets are injured or sick. And it doesn’t mean first responders have to treat animals in crisis, but they have that option. Many are getting training from veterinarians in order to be better prepared.
It’s reported that as many as two-thirds of all American households have at least one pet. We are thankful for first responders who answer the call, bringing much needed assistance to people — and their pets.