Kansas Fobids Fentanyl Test Strips Despite Deadly ODs Trending Upward

Tech could save a great many lives in the Sunflower State but first local leaders would have to acknowledge that they're, obviously, losing the drug war.

And so . . . 

Dead bodies will continue to provide proof about the prevalence of local drugs whilst politicos deny reality.

Here's prog blog reporting on the crisis that probably impacts a lot of people that you love . . .

“Those strips are a way to help save lives out there,” said Sen. Jeff Pittman, a Leavenworth Democrat. “There’s a rash of fentanyl out in the community, unfortunately, and it seems as though fentanyl strips are a way to help our citizens prevent unnecessary deaths and can be used in ways that are just about information.”

About half of all states, including Wisconsin, Tennessee and New Mexico in recent months, have approved bills legalizing these strips in response to their problems with opioid use. According to the Sedgwick County Forensic Science Center, overdose deaths from fentanyl topped all other drug-related overdose deaths in Kansas in 2021.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

As opioid overdoses spike in Kansas, senators block fentanyl test strip provision - Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA - An effort to allow Kansans access to a tool that tests for the drug Fentanyl is heading in the wrong direction after the Kansas senate blocked a provision legalizing it. Senators chose last week to send a bill clearing Food and Drug Administration-approved cannabis medication back to a conference committee over a provision that would allow for legal fentanyl test strips.