Peters’ Measure to Expand Access to Fentanyl Testing Approved by General Assembly


SPRING FIELD — A measure to help healthcare professionals put more testing into the hands of people battling opioid addiction has been approved by the General Assembly thanks to State Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago).

“This measure will help save lives,” Peters said. “We still have a long way to go, but removing these sanctions is a responsible way to address the opioid crisis and create real public safety for all instead of continuing the misguided policies of the past.”

House Bill 4556 is designed to expand a 2019 law, the Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction Act, which authorized government agencies and non-governmental organizations to create needle and drug exchange programs. hypodermic syringes. This measure would increase the number of individuals and professions in the medical community who would not be penalized for possessing a limited residual amount of a controlled substance as part of the drug testing process.

In addition, the supplies would have to be stored in a medical office with limited access and would be made available to designated workers, such as an advanced practice registered nurse or a physician assistant.

“We need to make sure that all communities in our state are protected and know what’s going on in their bodies,” Peters said, “I’m glad the General Assembly is taking this important step to ensure that people will not be left to the wolves of the fentanyl overdose crisis.

The measure was passed Thursday in the Senate.

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