The so-called "War on Drugs" is an epic policy failure. After 70-plus years of trying, with millions in jail, billions of dollars spent, lives and communities ruined, not one single measurable outcome is better. There are more deaths, more violence, more disease spread and more damage to people and neighborhoods.
I am not for substance abuse; no one is. But as an emergency medicine physician, I see the damage it causes with every shift I work. New proven approaches are needed and, fortunately, there is legislation filed in Annapolis by key legislators including HB139/SB135 (Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk and Sen. Brian Feldman) and HB116 (Del. Erek Barron) that will move us in a positive and effective direction. Baltimore City will soon be opening a stabilization center. These efforts deserve our support as well.
Dr. Dan Morhaim, Stevenson
The writer, a Democrat, formerly represented District 11 (Baltimore County) in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1995 to 2019.