Pennsylvania house approves bill which will decriminalize fentanyl strips

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Test strips to help drug users identify fentanyl and other potentially deadly chemicals would no longer be classified as illegal paraphernalia under a bill passed unanimously by the Pennsylvania House on Monday.The legislation to amend the state’s Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act can help reduct overdoses, said the sponsor, Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana.”If we can give people a simple tool to give them a second chance, we need do that,” Struzzi said in floor remarks.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is far stronger than heroin, gets added to other drugs to make them cheaper, stronger and more dangerous.CALIFORNIA TEENS DEATH FROM FENTANYL UNDERSCORES DANGERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA DRUG MARKET
Fentanyl test kits may no longer be considered illegal paraphernalia following a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania house.  
Supporters say the change in law will help drug users avoid overdoses by testing for fentanyl without the risk of being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.FENTANYL VICTIMS MOTHER SPEAKS OUT ‘COMPLETE SHOCK’ THAT 17-YEAR-OLD CHILD DIED FROM ACCIDENTAL INGESTIONThe measure was sent to the state Senate for its consideration.

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