It’s a little strip of paper not much longer than 2 inches, and it has the potential to prevent a drug overdose.
These strips can detect fentanyl, the deadliest drug in the United States, when it’s mixed with other drugs.
Between April 2020 through May 2021, there were more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States, the highest number of fatal overdoses on record for a 12 month period, and nearly two-thirds of those overdoses involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
The drug is 50 times more powerful than heroin and is extremely cheap to produce. It makes for an effective cutting agent that can stretch a supply of heroin or juice up fake prescription pills.