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After a fentanyl tragedy, a grieving family urges hospital test reforms

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The Siems family, at home, in happier times: (L-R) Billy, Caryl, Laney, Josh, and Bob. (photo courtesy Caryl Siems)

And now, a conversation about the crisis of opioid addiction.

Last fall, Josh Siems suffered a fatal, fentanyl-linked overdose on his 31st birthday. Josh’s loved ones have thrown their support behind a bill in Annapolis that would require hospitals to play a new role in addressing our state’s opioid epidemic, by testing all opioid OD admissions for the presence of fentanyl, an often-lethal additive found in street-sold opiates.

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Melanie Yates with her friend and partner, Josh Siems. (photo courtesy Melanie Yates)

Josh’s mother, Caryl Siems and Melanie Yates, Josh’s partner, join Tom in Studio A…

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