By Rajani Gudlavalleti
What this governor, who claims to be a champion against overdoses, shot down would protect Maryland drug users from harm and encourage them to seek life-saving treatment [OP-ED].
This past spring, a Baltimore resident was arrested and jailed in Anne Arundel County for attempting to bring items considered drug paraphernalia to a loved one. He did it because he had easier access to sterile supplies. He was just trying to help his loved one, a registered participant in a state-authorized syringe service program – otherwise known as a needle exchange .These programs treat drug use not as a crime, but as a public health issue.