The heroin crisis in Baltimore has generated political support for safe consumption spaces, facilities where drug users can safely take heroin under the supervision of medical professionals. “What that means is, a facility that is supervised by medically trained personnel would be set up for people that use drugs to come in and use their drugs there, under supervision,” said Harriet Smith of Baltimore Harm Reduction in Annapolis on Feb. 13 in support of a bill in favor of safe consumption sites. The bill (H.B. 519) is proposed by District 11 Delegate Dan Morhaim of Baltimore County and would allow community organizations, hospitals, and health centers to open safe consumption spaces throughout the state. Two other related bills proposed by Morhaim require hospitals to have an addiction counselor on the premises 24-7 and adjustments to drug possession charges that would prevent users with small amounts from going to jail until their third charge. While it’s unclear if Democrats in Annapolis will support it, the opioid crisis continues to claim lives across the country and the idea for safe consumption has growing support among people who understand the roots of the problem. “It’s...