In a time where nothing really surprises Americans politics-wise, Donald Trump and his band of merry idiot followers have gone a taken the cake. We are used to hearing the deplorable things that come out fo Trump supporters’ mouths, and even watching them attempt to break into politics themselves, but what we are not used to is them overdosing on heroin while campaigning for themselves.
That’s exactly what wannabe politician and diehard Trump fan Chris Taylor did.
According to the Arizona Republic, Taylor gave the following statement, effectively suspending his campaign after recovering from the overdose:
Today, I have suspended my campaign for the US House of Representatives and am seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder. I will fully cooperate with local authorities on any matters arising from my recent relapse and overdose.
I’m not going to hide from this. I’m not ashamed of what happened. I wish to sincerely apologize to the amazing people who have supported me. I don’t know what went wrong. I recently relapsed after having so many solid years in sobriety. I have to figure out where I went wrong.
The report indicates that Taylor, who is a veteran, has a long history of drug abuse problems dating back to high school. This overdose was, in fact, a relapse. He was a city councilman running for Congress when the incident took place.
The report states that:
Taylor has been seeking the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District, which is currently represented by incumbent Rep. Tom O’Halleran, an Arizona Democrat in his second term.
A family member found Taylor unresponsive in his home on Wednesday night, and paramedics revived him there with a drug that reverses the effects of opioids, according to the Gila Herald.
Authorities also found “items related to intravenous drug use” at the Safford Fire Department, where Taylor has been a longtime volunteer.
The Gila Herald reports that:
The incident allegedly occurred after items related to intravenous drug use were found at the Safford Fire Department where Taylor volunteers as a firefighter. Taylor was reportedly found unresponsive at his home by a family member Wednesday night. Paramedics arrived and administered a dose of Narcan to help reverse the effects and Taylor was revived at the scene.
The report continues:
While paramedics usually take patients who receive Narcan to the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center for further treatment and assessment, according to MGRMC Director of Public Relations and Marketing Ryan Rapier, the hospital does not have a record of Taylor recently being admitted.
Taylor is a sixth-generation Arizonan who was born and raised in Safford. A standout athlete who attained the rank of Eagle Scout, Taylor served two tours of combat duty for the Army in Afghanistan, following the example of his father – who saw combat duty in Vietnam – and both grandfathers who saw combat duty in Korea.