Rep. Low introduces bill to protect Washingtonians from exposure to fentanyl and meth in public spaces

In the face of a devastating drug crisis plaguing Washington communities, 39th District Rep. Sam Low has introduced a bill to help protect Washingtonians from the dangers of public use of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

House Bill 2002 would make it a gross misdemeanor—or a class C felony if a minor is involved—to knowingly or intentionally exhale the smoke of fentanyl, methamphetamine, or their derivatives in a public space within 10 feet of another person, or within an enclosed public space with another person.

In its 2022 annual report, the Washington Poison Center wrote it had “seen an increase in opioid exposure in each age group, with a corresponding dramatic increase in fentanyl deaths.”

Low, R-Lake Stevens, says the Legislature must take action to better protect the general public from this ongoing threat.

“The pervasiveness of fentanyl and meth poses a clear and present danger to the health and safety of all Washingtonians,” said Low. “While addiction grips adults across the state, the tentacles of this crisis reach far beyond, endangering the lives of even the most innocent—our babies and toddlers. We must do more to protect them and others from exposure to these deadly poisons. We can do that through this bill, which would hold individuals accountable for putting their fellow citizens at risk.”

The 2024 legislative session begins Monday, January 8.


Washington State House Republican Communications