Today House Republican Leader Tony McCombie (Savanna) passed a measure in the Public Health Committee in the Illinois House to combat the deadly Fentanyl epidemic that has plagued communities across the state and nation in recent years.
McCombie’s bill, HB3203, provides that a pharmacist or retailer may sell fentanyl test strips over-the-counter to the public to test for the presence of fentanyl, a fentanyl analog, or a drug adulterant within a controlled substance. It passed unanimously when presented and will now move forward for further consideration.
The bill is part of a larger public safety initiative the Leader has filed, to address the top issues, like Fentanyl, effecting the health, wellbeing, and safety of communities across the state. HB3203 has also gained bipartisan support as it moves through the legislative process.