Letter vs. Narcan lacks compassion

I read Sandra Nash’s letter from Feb. 9 regarding Narcan three times because I was stunned at her lack of human decency and compassion.

Regardless of where you stand on the governor’s proposal to provide Narcan to addicts, we ought to have compassion rather than heap condemnation upon the addicts and their families with words such as “worthless” and “won’t be missed” that she used.

Recovery and full, productive lives are possible for addicts but it’s never easy. Most addicts want to quit, but they need to be alive to get that chance. They don’t love their “joy juice” more than life itself but are simply self-medicating to try to deal with extreme emotional/physical pain.

I have watched a dear friend struggle with her son’s addiction for more than 4¢ years, and he was not “worthless” by any stretch, but hardworking with a steady job. He was kind, respectful, humorous and loved by all, and I would have been proud to have called him my son.

He is missed terribly by all who knew him and the family is not “better off without him.”

Narcan does enable. It would have enabled him another chance to get his life together and enabled his mother and family another chance to tell him face to face how much they loved him, rather than at his grave. I’m all in favor of enabling.

Tonight when I pray, I will ask God to give Sandra Nash a spirit of compassion and empathy toward her fellow man and their suffering. I hope she considers how cruel her words are and the pain they have caused so many who have lost loved ones to this scourge.

I pray that she will never lose one of her own dear ones and thank God that my dear friend will never read her hateful words.

Donald Luke Bowser