Mississippi could renew effort for fentanyl testing access

Some Mississippi legislators say they will renew efforts to clarify that people may possess chemical strips to detect traces of the deadly drug fentanyl.

A bill to decriminalize fentanyl test strips died early this year. But the House Drug Policy Committee Chairman Lee Yancy is now supporting the effort. The legislative session begins in January.

The state health officer, Dr. Dan Edney, says he wants people who use drugs to seek professional help to end their addiction. But he says they also need “harm reduction” tools for short-term help.

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