Simple Fentanyl Test Strips Can Save Lives
As I recently discussed on San Diego News Station KUSI, fentanyl is cheap to make and is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.
Fentanyl causes a euphoric high and therefore has been mixed in with cocaine, heroin, meth, benzodiazepines, and other street drugs. The unpredictable potency of these concoctions has made the already dangerous activity of taking opioids to become unbelievably risky. When a batch of extra-strong fentanyl is unleashed in a city, there can be a rational overdoses that kills many people in a matter of days.
Fentanyl Test Strips Can Greatly Increase Safety
Some public health experts are now experimenting with fentanyl test strips, which give users a means for testing the their drugs before taking them. One of the proponents in this effort is Emily Siqveland who serves as Arlington County, Virginia’s Opioids Program Manager. The …