UPDATED 1:08 PM PT – Sunday, June 27, 2021
Fentanyl test strips have so far been approved in multiple states in an effort to save lives. In order to prevent overdoses, test strips are being legalized to detect the opioid which is more potent than morphine.
“A deadly dose of Fentanyl is not very much at all, it’s a couple of granules…and because it’s showing up in drugs and people don’t know it, because it’s not regulated in any capacity, and because it’s so strong and potent it is accidently being mixed into drugs, or it’s really easy to accidently put too much in a drug,” stated Executive Director of Sonoran Prevention Works Haley Coles.
In 2019, over 50 percent of overdose deaths were related to fentanyl and the situation has only grown since the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The small strips of paper allow users to test if their drugs are laced with fentanyl. The test strips are currently only available online or from a drug prevention group at no cost.
The strips are considered illegal in other states, however states including Colorado, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Maryland and Arizona have decriminalized them and hope to increase distribution.