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Two Baltimore-area lawmakers propose decriminalizing small amounts of all drugs, safe injection facilities

Two Baltimore-area lawmakers propose decriminalizing small amounts of all drugs, safe injection facilities

Two Baltimore-area lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in Annapolis that would decriminalize small amounts of all illicit drugs — from cocaine to crack to heroin — and provide new options for addicts to shoot up safely and seek treatment.

The legislation, sponsors said, would free up police resources and reduce incarceration rates by treating low-level drug users like patients rather than criminals. It would force hospitals to provide on-demand substance abuse treatment in emergency rooms and reduce overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases by creating facilities where addicts can consume drugs safely under medical supervision, they said.

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