Ed-vise: Free Narcan

A tired GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, didn’t sleep to good last night. That’s what happens when the prior two nights you stay up waaayyyy too late playing Call of Duty!

Monday Musings Ed-vise today. Cause it’s MONDAY! So GET AFTER IT!

I saw an interesting meme over the weekend. It posed a really great question requiring a bit of thought…a bit of Musing.

The question: Why can an addict get Narcan for free but my Insulin costs $750 a shot?

It was on a billboard somewhere, re-posted on Tik Tok.

Great question, in my opinion.

The question brings up an “addict.” Yes, addicts do manage to obtain Narcan for free. However, Narcan is an emergency drug used to counter the effects of Fentanyl. Many have been exposed to fentanyl by accident or by deceit. Meaning they went to a party or whatever, and were given a pill that looks a lot like a Sweet Tart. They take it and have a bid reaction. The Narcan is used for the emergency situation. Narcan is NOT a drug for treating addiction issues.

Now, Insulin, is also not a treatment to cure diabetes. It is a drug used to treat blood sugar issues. When the sugar level spikes and the body no longer produces it’s own insulin, you take a shot of insulin and that brings the blood sugar level under control. Again, like I mentioned, it’s NOT a cure. Often time it’s used in emergency situations as well.

We can expand that question and ask why the COVID vaccines were free as well. Again, those shots were NOT a cure. Rather, they mitigated the impact COVID had on the body.

A double dose of Narcan costs around $140. Costs on COVID shots is around $25. The makers of this are considering raising it to around $100.

Insulin ranges in prices. Out of pocket with health insurance has it around $35 from what I found. Without insurance it can go for around $750 or more.

Now, when it comes to the discussion around the drug companies profits on insulin, those receiving kick backs from the pharmaceutical industry will say that those profits go to make other life saving drugs. Like Narcan.

In the end, it boils down to what the government wants to pay for. Letting people die quickly causes bodies to pile up and create a HUGE bad press story. People dying from insulin related issues, that is a slower death and the morgues can manage the issue. That’s why certain drugs the government will pay for and distribute to the people and others they won’t.

Still, it’s a pretty good question…in my opinion.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Be the person a stranger will do CPR on. Check in on each other and remember the German word for “constipation” is…FARFROMPOOPIN! BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA…now that’s funny right there!


Published by edhlaw

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