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Fentanyl test strips highlight gap in nation’s fight to combat drug deaths

So look for people who can at least be persuaded to wear strips in order to save others. Figuring out who might be receptive is a subtle skill, a combination of observation, intuition, and street experience.

Ms. Lopez and her co-worker, Stephanie Llivichuzhca, walked down 149th Street toward The Hub, a Bronx mall filled with drug dealing. Groups of men leaned against shop windows, casually leafing through wads of bills.

When Ms. López approached, she offered incentives to break the ice. To men chatting outside a barbershop: “Dad! How’s everybody? Do you need some condoms?” (Throughout the day, all the men, young or old, replied, “Got any Magnum?”) She would then turn to test-shoot hers.

A thin, worn-looking woman sat alone at a coffee table, staring off into space. “How are you, mom?” Mrs. Lopez called, taking a hygiene kit out of her bag.

As he headed toward the bustling Hub beam, a man stuck a needle into his arm. She strayed. “This is crazy for me!” she spluttered angrily. “Before Covid, I don’t remember people feeling comfortable enough to inject themselves in front of everyone. The world has definitely changed for the poor. Before they were on the verge of despair, but now they are totally desperate. ”

By the end of the shift, the women had distributed around 20 fentanyl test kits in addition to hygiene kits, condoms and narcan, which reverses overdoses. his programme New York City Communities for HealthRun by NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, it also distributes kits in other neighborhoods in the Bronx and Manhattan.

The afternoon sun hid behind clouds and a cold breeze picked up. How would Mrs. Lopez find the recipients when the weather turned wintry?

She was not discouraged. “We should try to reach people while they are waiting for the subway,” she told Ms. Llivichuzhca. “We would totally do it!”

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