LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – The Southern Nevada Health District has announced that it will be distributing fentanyl test strips to the public and providing information to community partners to distribute as well.
Overdoses in general rose 34% in Clark County, the agency said.
Available from the SNHD pharmacy at 280 S. Decatur Boulevard, the strips are similar to a home pregnancy test, but detect fentanyl and fentanyl analogs.
“People who inject drugs have expressed an interest in having their medication screened for fentanyl, and the availability of test strips along with harm reduction advice and access to resources and treatment is an innovative public health strategy to help can save lives, ”said SNHD in a release.
In Clark County, SNHD said overdose deaths rose from 418 deaths in 2019 to 560 in 2020, mainly due to fentanyl.
Community partners and agencies interested in test strip distribution can contact the health district for information and training through the Linkage to Action (L2A) program [email protected].
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