Why this Ohio sheriff refuses to let his deputies carry Narcan to reverse overdoses

From the Post:

No one has come up with a solution to the opioid epidemic that has decimated Rust Belt states, but for people who overdose, Naloxone is about as effective an antidote as there is. The results of the opioid antagonist, which is sprayed up a person’s nose and reverses the effect of opioid overdoses, have been likened to resurrecting someone from the dead.

Paramedics and firefighters routinely carry the easy-to-administer medication in their vehicles. For police officers in the nation’s hardest hit areas, like southwest Ohio, the Food and Drug Administration-approved nasal spray, known by the brand name Narcan, can be as common as handcuffs. Even some librarians have learned to use the drug to revive people who overdose in their stacks.

But Richard K. Jones, the sheriff of Butler County, Ohio, raised eyebrows recently when he said that his deputies will never carry the medication.

“We don’t do the shots for bee stings, we don’t inject diabetic people with insulin. When does it stop?” he told The Washington Post.

Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion Benefits Hospitals, Particularly in Rural America

From the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities:

Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), particularly those in rural areas, have fared significantly better than hospitals in non-expansion states, based on recent published and unpublished research by the Urban Institute. Since 2013, uncompensated care costs have fallen by 1.7 percentage points more, and Medicaid revenue as a share of total revenue has risen by 2.9 percentage points more, in hospitals in expansion states than those in non-expansion states.  The Medicaid expansion also improved hospitals’ operating margins by 2.5 percentage points.  The impact on rural hospitals’ operating margins was even stronger — a 4.0 percentage-point improvement, compared to 1.0 percentage point for urban hospitals.

Arrest in emergency room not without drama

From the News (I like the title):

A Suffolk woman with active warrants on her did not go into custody without incident on Friday. Capt. Tim Whitt, spokesman for the Franklin Police Department, reported that local officers had gotten information that Erin Marie McCuiston of 6057 Knotts Creek Lane, Suffolk, was in the emergency room at Southampton Memorial Hospital when they arrived at approximately 8:28 a.m.

She reportedly resisted arrest and tried to escape, but as the police were taking the 32-year-old into custody, her husband Jeremy McCuiston began to interfere and obstruct the officers, one of whom got a minor injury during the incident