Maryland Bill Would Require Hospitals to Conduct Fentanyl Test for Suspected Drug Overdose Patients

By Christine Zhu, Capital News Service

Before the start of her last year in graduate school at the University of Maryland, Melanie Yates could see her future ahead: graduating, marrying her partner Josh, purchasing a house.

But everything changed when police found Josh Siems alone and unresponsive on his bathroom floor in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2022, Yates wrote in a Maryland Matters guest commentary. There were signs of a fentanyl overdose, and Yates and Siems’ family discovered the drug in his apartment.