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In a report published and commissioned by the nonprofit Abell Foundation, the researchers suggest opening one facility on the city’s east side and another on the west. They say such facilities would prevent overdose deaths and other harms that addicts face.

While the idea of “safe drug- consumption spaces” is just starting to gain traction in the United States, the researchers said such facilities have helped stop deaths in other countries. There are 97 safe spaces in 66 cities and 11 countries, according to the report.

The report comes as the nation faces a growing opioid epidemic. In Baltimore alone, an estimated 19,000 people inject drugs, and there were 481 fatal overdoses during the first nine months of 2016, a 65 percent increase over the same period the year before.

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