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Texas House passes bill decriminalizing fentanyl test strips

The bill would take fentanyl test strips off the state’s “drug paraphernalia” list, meaning it would no longer be a crime to carry them.

Advocates for SB 868, a bill filed this legislative session that would decriminalize fentanyl test strips, on the steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Feb. 15, 2023. Delegates from El Paso, Laredo, West Texas, San Antonio, Austin and Houston gave speeches to call for increased harm reduction in response to a spike in fentanyl deaths statewide.

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