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Alabama Legislature Passes Bill to Legalize Fentanyl Testing Strips

On March 9th the Alabama Legislature passed a bill that legalizes the possession and sale of Fentanyl Testing Strips. Previously, Fentanyl testing strips were considered illegal in Alabama according to existing drug paraphernalia laws.

The issue of fentanyl overdoses is particularly urgent as Jefferson County, home to Alabama's largest city Birmingham, reported over 400 deaths from overdoses related to Fentanyl in 2021.

The new legislation had bi-partisan support and was sponsored by Sen. Jim McClendon (R) and Rep. Allen Treadaway (R). It just awaits the signature of Kay Ivey the Governor in order to be passed into law, which is expected.

The move by the Alabama legislature is likely to be repeated by more states as the Biden administration announced a federal initiative on March 1st to make Fentanyl Test Strips available nationwide to combat the epidemic. This also follows the announcement by the CDC allowing federal grantees to be able to use federal funds for the purchase of the strip.

You can read the full details on the news of the legislation on AL.COM

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