The Baltimore Sun's Voter Guide 2016

Drug Trafficking

Monitored drug use sites save lives

Monitored drug use sites save lives

Over the past five years, deaths from heroin overdose in Maryland have tripled, with 748 deaths in 2015 alone and 2016 on track to be even worse. In response, Baltimore City has rolled out a comprehensive and innovative overdose prevention program, including wide distribution of naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses. The state has also expanded access to naloxone, as well as increased its substance use disorder treatment funding and authorized the establishment of syringe exchange programs throughout the Maryland.

But we desperately need more evidence-based responses to drug use to stop the crisis — one in particular: Carefully monitored "safer drug consumption"...