EDITORIAL: Get on board with Narcan

York Dispatch

Three thumbs down: To police departments in York City, Wrightsville and Lower Windsor Township.

As officers in other York County departments are saving lives by carrying the opioid-overdose remedy naloxone, Wrightsville and Lower Windsor have opted out of receiving the free antidote.

Lower Windsor's chief said his department is taking a "wait-and-see" approach.

Waiting to see what? Heroin is a problem now, and if there's anything we learned from the record number of overdoses last year, it's that the street drug has spread into every quaint corner of this county.

Wrightsville's chief said properly storing the antidote, also known by the brand name Narcan, and tracking which officer is carrying it is a lot to keep up with for a small department.

Really? Can't a little extra effort be expended when it means potentially preventing another death?

Meanwhile, York City seems to be taking its time making sure each officer has the required 20-minute online training required to carry naloxone.

Many of last year's overdose deaths occurred in the city. Wouldn't most of us be willing to give up 20 minutes if it meant the life or death of another human being?

Thumbs up: To the Shipley family, which SpiriTrust Lutheran recently honored for its century of contributions to the community. We're proud to have you based in York.

Thumbs up: To legislators who pushed to have local infrastructure named after fallen soldiers from York County to honor Technical Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe and Spc. Randy S. Schell, a Silver and Bronze Star recipient for his actions in the Vietnam War.