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  • Comparing Narcan, insulin is offensive

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  • I am a registered nurse of 20 years with a 10-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 5. Without insulin, she would die.
    I took great offense to John Aller, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County, comparing the need for Narcan to insulin ("Drug geared to save lives," Nov. 2). Although both are lifesaving, my daughter did nothing to cause her disease.
    I am also familiar with the sadness of drug addiction, but in no way are the two comparable. It would be wise for Aller to research his facts before making such an ignorant apples-to-oranges comparison.
    I realize many addicts have evolved from prescription pain medications. But an addict can be helped only when wanting help, and being revived from one near-death experience is not going to be life-changing.
    The article states, "Literally, you need to train people around you how to use (Narcan)." Leave it to the professionals and call 911.
    DAUNEL BLOSE,
    PERRY TOWNSHIP