Puerto Rico was a financial anomaly for decades, but it recently went bankrupt.
Chicago is out of money.
Now Ohio has a budgetary problem, and collapse has been suggested:
Middletown, population 50,000 — council member Dan Picard has floated an idea …
At a council meeting last week, Picard proposed a three-strikes-style policy for people who repeatedly overdose: Too many overdoses and authorities wouldn’t send an ambulance to resuscitate them.
Picard told The Washington Post that he sympathizes with anyone who has lost someone to drug abuse, but said that responding to an ever-increasing number of overdose calls threatens to bleed his city dry.
“It’s not a proposal to solve the drug problem,” Picard said this week. “My proposal is in regard to the financial survivability of our city. If we’re spending $2 million this year and $4 million next year and $6 million after that, we’re in trouble. We’re going to have to start laying off. We’re going to have to raise taxes.”
The proposal also calls for the city to create a database of overdose victims who paramedics have responded to.
“We’ll have that list and when we get a call, the dispatcher will ask who is the person who has overdosed,” Picard said.
“And if it’s someone who has already been provided services twice, we’ll advise them that we’re not going to provide further services — and we will not send out an ambulance.”
Solutions, Picard told The Post, require out-of-the-box thinking.
Still, he said he has received dozens of angry emails, phone calls and Facebook messages as news of his proposal spread.