Maryland Bill Targets Fentanyl Deaths through Safe Centers for Drug Users

By Jennifer Gable, Capital News Service

The mounting number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths has prompted Democratic lawmakers to propose legislation that would pilot creation of safe spaces for drug users to take illegal substances without legal consequences and with medical staff nearby. 

Chief sponsor, Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel, acknowledged that the bill is controversial at a hearing Tuesday afternoon before the House Health and Government Operations Committee, which she chairs.