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Fentanyl test strips available

Fentanyl test strips are available to help reduce drug overdoses.

Streator anti-drug activist Debbie Hallam has obtained fentanyl test strips, which she is offering free to the public. Fentanyl is a dangerous opioid often used as an additive in other illegal drugs. Hallam obviously discourages illegal drug use, but if a person is nonetheless going to use substances such as marijuana or cocaine, the strips allow the person to see if fentanyl is present, and hopefully then to decide not to ingest the drug.

To obtain the strips, call Hallam at 815-510-0015. She said she makes no judgments and asks no questions of callers, her purpose being simply to save lives.

Another local life-saving effort is in the works.

Training in the administration of Narcan will be given Saturday, May 12, at Crossbridge Community Church’s administration building, 1130 First Ave., on Ottawa’s South Side. Classes will be at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Two Rivers Outreach counseling service in Streator is sponsoring the training. Two Rivers Outreach also recently conducted such training in Streator.

Narcan can help save a person overdosing on opioids, such as heroin.

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