Ducey Signs Bill Legalizing Drug-Testing Strips For Fentanyl

May 19, 2021

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation legalizing test strips that can detect the presence of the potent opiate fentanyl and potentially help avoid deadly overdoses. 

Test strips that can detect the deadly opioid fentanyl can help reduce overdoses.
Credit Stephen Crocker/Brown University

  

The measure signed Wednesday by the Republican governor was overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature and championed by freshman Democratic Sen. Christine Marsh. Her 25-year-old son died last year after taking what he thought was a prescription pain pill that turned out to be laced with fentanyl. Ducey says the state wants drug users to get treatment and until they do it's important to give them tools to avoid overdoses.