Policies that treat drugs as an issue of public health — not just a criminal justice problem — are increasingly receiving bipartisan support across the United States. With the backing of Republican lawmakers, states like Kentucky, Mississippi and Utah recently decriminalized fentanyl test strips in an effort to reduce overdose deaths. Access to resources aimed at minimizing the harm associated with drug use, including needle exchange and naloxone distribution programs, is also expanding throughout the country. More divisive strategies, such as supervised injection sites, remain limited to areas like New York City.
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