Lawmaker looking to legalize fentanyl strips for drug-use

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A state lawmaker from Knoxville is co-sponsoring a bill that would legalize fentanyl testing strips in an effort to prevent overdoses. Currently, the strips are considered drug paraphernalia in Tennessee.

The bill, S.B. 2427, is co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Briggs (R – Knoxville). It would allow people to have fentanyl testing strips, which can detect the presence of fentanyl in a variety of substances. That way, people can tell if a substance is actually what they think it is before taking it.

The bill would be in effect for 3 years. After that, officials said lawmakers would then decide if it was effective in reducing the number of overdose deaths and whether it should stay in effect.

The House Criminal Justice Committee is set to discuss the bill on March 2.