“˜Pumpkin Spice’ Narcan Joke Draws Criticism

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A Facebook post by the Massena (NY) Volunteer Emergency Unit has drawn scorn from the Town Board.

According to the Watertown Daily Times, the post showed a photograph of a Narcan kit with a caption that read: “Nothing says wake up from your opiate enduced (sic) slumber like the delightful smell of “˜pumpkin spice’ Narcan … Coming to a rescue squad near you.”


The post, and the group’s Facebook page, has since been deleted.

“The members of the Massena Town Board have been made aware of yet another insensitive and inflammatory social media posting by a member(s) of the Massena Volunteer Emergency Unit Inc., (MVEU),” wrote Town Board member Robert Elsner. “This time the post in question was not posted on the personal website of a member(s), but rather on a site maintained, operated, and controlled, by the MVEU. Equally concerning is that this publicly accessed website further identifies the MVEU as doing business as (dba) Massena Rescue Squad,” Mr. Elsner said.

“On behalf of all members of the Massena Town Board, we are appalled that such an “˜official’ looking website was used to post such inappropriate and upsetting content. Thankfully, the content has been removed – however, the damage has been done,” he said.

Mike Abrunzo, the president and chief executive officer of the ambulance squad, said the post was made “thoughtlessly and in gest.”

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