Weymouth firefighter suspended after allegedly criticizing Narcan on Facebook

A Weymouth firefighter has been suspended for 90 days for allegedly posting comments on his personal Facebook page criticizing the use of a life-saving drug used to treat overdoses.

The firefighter will not be paid during his suspension. 

The post has since been taken down but not before several people contacted the mayor’s office saying they didn’t like what this firefighter had to say.

The local firefighter union agreed with the decision and said the firefighter is sorry for his actions. The firefighter will undergo sensitivity and social media training and be reassigned until he ready to go return to his regular duties. 

In the post, the firefighter criticizes the drug Narcan, which is used to help revive people who have overdosed on heroin. He called Narcan "the worst drug ever created" and also made profane comments about drug addicts.

The post read in part: "I for one get no extra money for giving Narcan and these losers are out of the hospital and using again in hours, you use you should loose" (sic).

On Monday morning, the Weymouth Fire Department released a statement about the incident: 

The Weymouth Fire Department has been made aware of a post on social media. The comments posted do not reflect the philosophy or values we hold as a fire department or town. The incident remains under investigation.

Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund said the comments don’t reflect the town’s values. 

"There are some boundaries that you have to abide by on those comments," Hedlund said. 

The town plans to create a new policy to regulate how its employees use social media.

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