• Ann Tucker

CDC and SAMHSA announces that certain grant funds may be used for fentanyl test strips

The CDC and SAMHSA have announced that federal funding may now be used to purchase rapid fentanyl test strips (FTS). Grantees receiving funds from the CDC’s Overdose Data to Action grant can now use funds to purchase FTS. In addition, SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response (SOR) grants--which are managed by the State alcohol and drug agency--can also be used to purchase FTS. Tom Coderre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, stated that FTS “…will save lives by providing tools to identify the growing presence of fentanyl in the nation’s illicit drug supply and – partnered with referrals to treatment – complement SAMHSA’s daily work to direct help to more Americans.”

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