NH Lawmakers: Reclassify Drug Testing Equipment and Save Lives
Drug testing equipment, including fentanyl test strips, saves lives. Unconscionably, giving out these life-saving tools is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,000. The reason is that, under New Hampshire law, it is considered drug paraphernalia.
The distribution of harm reduction tools is encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Medical Association. As the CDC stated, they are a low-cost method of helping prevent drug overdoses and reduce harm. States around the country have passed laws allowing for the possession and distribution of drug-checking equipment, and it is past time for the Granite State to join this list.
Possessing and distributing test kits meant to save lives should not be a crime – it should be encouraged. HB 470 would remove drug testing equipment, including FTS, from the definition of drug paraphernalia.
Tell your representative to support HB 470 and save lives today.
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