The Ohio House passes a bill to decriminalize fentanyl test strips

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fentanyl testing strips would be decriminalized under a bill passed by the Ohio House.

Lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a proposal that proponents say would help prevent fatal overdoses and save lives.

The strips are used to detect the powerful synthetic opioid often found laced in other drugs.

The strips would no longer be classified as illegal drug paraphernalia under the bipartisan measure.

Democratic sponsor Rep. Kristin Boggs, of Columbus, calls that a “critical step” and a tool to help prevent fentanyl overdoses.

No one has testified against the bill. It now goes to the Senate.