Adkins said the city could privatize EMS services, or not have them at all. He said he would seek an opinion from the city’s law department.
Picard, who recently told the Journal-News he is not running for re-election in the fall, suggested issuing a court summons to a person who overdoses and ordering them to complete community service to work off the costs of the EMS run and Narcan.
He said arresting those who overdose only adds more costs to city taxpayers and strains the city jail and court system.
According to Adkins, most of those who overdose are transients and are not residents of the city.
“I want to send a message to the world that you don’t want to come to Middletown to overdose because someone might not come with Narcan and save your life,” Picard said. “We need to put a fear about overdosing in Middletown.”