Salisbury alerts residents about availability of lifesaving fentanyl test strips

Free kits available through her office, district public libraries with no questions asked

BRADDOCK, June 4 – State Rep. Abigail Salisbury is reminding district residents that lifesaving fentanyl test strips are available for free from her district office and public libraries throughout the 34th Legislative District.

“Not too long ago, I had a heartbreaking visit from a district resident who told me her son had died after taking drugs laced with fentanyl,” Salisbury said. “She asked me to find a way to keep other people from dying the same way.

“There are no simple solutions to addiction and the deadly risks adulterated drugs pose, but there is something we can do – we can make folks aware of the lifesaving power of fentanyl test strips and their availability here in the district. I want people to know that they can come to my office or to a public library in the district and get a free kit containing five fentanyl strips – no questions asked. The kits also contain resources on recovery for when people are ready for that step.

“While we don’t want folks using illegal drugs, the consequences for doing so should not be death – especially when a tiny piece of paper can prevent it.”

Salisbury said that her office can also provide Narcan.

Earlier this year at a House Appropriations Committee budget hearing, Salisbury questioned state officials about what they can do to make fentanyl strips more widely available.

ATTENTION EDITORS/ASSIGNMENT DESKS: Video of Salisbury discussing the availability of fentanyl test strips and demonstrating their use can be found here:

Salisbury Libraries Have Free Fentanyl Test Strips.mp4

Video of Salisbury questioning state officials on how to make test strips more available can be found here:

Salisbury Fentanyl Test Strips Can Save Lives.mp4