TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - People in active addiction can now get clean needles in exchange for dirty ones, along with a strip that tests their drugs for the presence of Fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin and is responsible for record numbers of overdose deaths.
The Lucas County Health Department runs the clean needle exchange clinics at various locations throughout Lucas County.
The goal of the controversial program is to provide clean needles for people in active addiction to help prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C. It also reduces the risk of blood and skin infections caused by using dirty needles.
The Fentanyl testing strips are used to test for the presence of the opioid in heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.
The kits also come with doses of Narcan which can reverse the effects of an overdose.