(FOX NEWS) – Harm reduction boxes in Polk County, Iowa, will not include fentanyl testing strips that can detect the dangerous opioid in other drugs before a user suffers an accidental overdose.
The Polk County Health Department added harm reduction boxes to its building and urgent care locations throughout Des Moines, but the kits will not include fentanyl testing strips as a result of a state law that classifies the tests as drug paraphernalia.
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Instead, the boxes will contain items such as tourniquets, cotton filters and needle disposal containers, which the Health Department hopes will help people struggling with substance abuse if they suffer a medical emergency that could lead to death.