Doctors could admit to mistakes without facing liability in court under proposed legislation

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Drug dealing legislation may increase Md. overdose deaths

Drug dealing legislation may increase Md. overdose deaths

As advocates working to reduce the inherent harm of opioid use in Maryland, we applaud Gov. Larry Hogan's administration for properly defining the rapidly growing opioid overdose death toll as a crisis. The 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention Treatment and Enforcement Initiative announced last month promises $4 million in additional funding for addiction treatment as well as the creation of an "opioid operational command center" to assist in coordination of federal, state and local resources.

However, we cannot support the proposed Distribution of Opioids Resulting in Death Act (HB 687), which would create a new felony — punishable by up to 30 years — for people who...

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