What are fentanyl test strips?

Fentanyl test strips are a form of drug testing technology that have shown to be effective at detecting the presence of fentanyl and fentanyl-analogs in drug samples prior to ingestion. Based on the results of the test strips, people can choose to implement strategies to reduce the risk of overdose. Published literature supports that people are willing to use fentanyl test strips and change behavior as a result of a positive test.

The Frederick County Health Department distributes free fentanyl test strips to people who use drugs. Visit our page to learn more about our Syringe Services Program.

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1. What is Harm Reduction?
2. What overdose prevention strategies can a person who uses drugs implement to reduce their risk of overdose?
3. What are fentanyl test strips?
4. Is there legal protection for Syringe Service Program (SSP) participants?
5. How do Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) benefit the community?