WEYMOUTH, Mass. — They Weymouth Fire Department has suspended a firefighter for 90 days after a controversial Facebook post about Narcan.
As FOX25 has reported for months, area police and fire departments are beefing up supplies of Narcan to save lives.
The post, made by Mark Carron, said that Narcan "is the worst drug ever created." It went on to say "these losers are out of the hospital and using again in hours..You use, you should lose."
FOX25 got a hold of the post before it was deleted off of Facebook, but hundreds of people have shared a screenshot of the post online.
“I take a lot of pride in our department and so do a lot of members of our department and I just think it was a bad judgment call on this individual,” Weymouth Fire Chief Keith Stark said.
Monday afternoon the Weymouth Fire Department announced that Carron would be suspended and undergo mandatory counseling including sensitivity and social media training.
“We're very disappointed with the tone - it doesn't speak for the commitment or values of the Weymouth Fire Department. And many of you are aware Weymouth has been severely impacted by the whole opiate epidemic that we see throughout the state and the country,” Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedulund said.
Monday evening a small rally was held in Weymouth where families of drug addicts said they opposed the town's decision to suspend Carron instead of firing him.
"It's an addiction, people just don't understand," William Hill said. Hill's 24-year-old son James died from an overdose last spring. He had been saved by Narcan twice before that.
But other people whose lives have been impacted by addiction think the city made the right call.
“Let's give this guy a second chance as well just like Narcan gives these kids a second chance,” one person said.
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