Maine Gov. LePage vetoes bill to expand access to overdose antidote

Maine governor and the Penguin from Batman Paul LePage vetoed a bill today that would have allowed pharmacists to dispense the anti-overdose drug, naloxone, without a prescription. Thirty states already have such a policy on the books.

According to the Portland Press-Herald, “The legislation would also allow police and fire departments to obtain a supply of naloxone and provides immunity to pharmacists or health care professionals who dispense the antidote when ‘acting in good faith and with reasonable care.'”

In explaining his veto, of the bill, which passed unanimously, LePage argued that granting addicts access to overdose medication “serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction,” essentially saying that it would be better to let addicts die than it would be to get them help.

Paul LePage, via Wikimedia Commons

Paul LePage, via Wikimedia Commons

As he continued, “Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose.” Which is to say, Paul LePage has given up on heroin addicts in his state, and would rather let them die off on their own accord than help them through their addiction.

Bear in mind, this is the same Paul LePage who thinks that his state’s heroin epidemic can be solved by keeping black people from New York out of his stateusing vigilante mobs if necessary. For being the governor of a state with a high rate of heroin abuse, one would think his ideas on how to fix the problem wouldn’t be this bad. Still, vetoing a bill that literally no one in his state’s legislature opposed for the stated purpose of accelerating people’s deaths is over the top — even for him.

At least the bill will probably still become law. Maine’s legislature plans to take up this and other vetoed bills in two weeks’ time, and they should have more than the two-thirds majority needed to pass it.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • 4wonderland

    An update. The legislature voted to override our Insane Governors veto. Not just on that bill but on 20 other stupid veto. Perhaps the times are changing and people are aware of how complacency can get us in a great deal of trouble. Here is a lesson for every DEMOCRAT do not sit back and let TRUMP take the presidency. What ever you do vote DEMOCRATIC for the entire Ticket.

  • CTOH

    More proof there is NO such thing as a Pro-Life Republican. They are just pro-fetus.

  • In Rhode Island you can buy Naloxone over the counter. We are trying to solve our drug problems, not kill off our citizens.

  • Let’s hope they override the veto soon. If he does not care about human life he should know that one brain damaged citizen on a ventilator will cost his state far more than life saving treatment for many.

  • ComradeRutherford

    “a sociopathic bastard”

    That being a synonym for Conservative Republican.

  • ComradeRutherford

    LaPage is a Conservative Republican. This is what they believe. Just about all of them, almost every single one.

  • doug dash

    The the third party asshole candidate that ran against Lapage and split the opposition vote should be hung by his balls.

  • He’s been re-elected once already. We can only hope Maine term limits its governors.

    A friend in Portland tells me Maine is basically split in two — the coastal cities are part of the civilized world. A few miles inland, though. . . .

  • Bill_Perdue

    He’s a pig.

  • marknc

    Yes – twice. He is, after all, the perfect Republican.

  • Alpha 50327

    I think he was re-elected. Maine’s Democrats can’t get it together. The two blocs each run someone for Governor and Senate allowing the Republicans to win. They should flip a coin, 1 of them gets the Governorship, one of them gets the Senate seat.

  • devlzadvocate

    States rights and all that bs. Sounds like part of LePage’s Final Solution.

  • LePage is truly a sociopathic bastard

  • ItoldyouIwontsilenced

    If this guy ever wins re-election Maine needs to be sawed off from the rest of the country and be allowed to drift off into the middle of the ocean

  • ItoldyouIwontsilenced

    Seriously people of Maine? You voted for this guy?

  • Gindy51

    Even shit has uses, this thing… not so much.

  • armedliberal

    I used to be proud to tell people I’m from Maine.

  • Hue-Man

    I came across another news story that suggests why sane politicians try to prevent deaths from overdoses – drug-users are rarely the stereotype that LePage and others assume. It could be a family member, a neighbor, or…. a judge. I thought the current oxycontin epidemic was enough proof.

    “The Canadian Judicial Council has ignored the advice of its own
    in-house inquiry and recommended that a judge investigated for a
    suspected drug offence not be removed from office.”

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/judge-cocaine-inquiry-recommendation-1.3545671

  • Demosthenes

    Sources close to Maine Gov. LePage indicate his veto came after heavy lobbying from the state’s well-heeled Meth industry.

  • Hue-Man

    Meanwhile, in a (sane) country, not far away where government cares whether people live or die.

    March 21, 2016. “Naloxone, a drug used to treat overdoses, is now available in Canada without a prescription, Health Canada announced Tuesday.

    The news comes as Metro Vancouver drug users are being warned to be cautious about bad batches of fentanyl and what’s expected to be the arrival of W-18, a painkiller that is up to 100 times stronger than fentanyl, to B.C.”

    http://www.vancouversun.com/health/anti+overdose+drug+naloxone+available+without+prescription/11802508/story.html

  • douglas01

    What a disgusting piece of human excrement.

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