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States look for solutions as US fentanyl deaths keep rising

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Posted at 12:35 PM, Apr 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-03 12:35:50-04

With fentanyl driving fatal overdoses to record levels in the U.S., state governments are scrambling for solutions.

Since last year, at least 18 states have passed or considered laws to make it clear that it's legal to use tests to determine whether illegal drugs contain the powerful synthetic opioid or others like it.

States also are increasing penalties aimed at people who traffic the drugs.

Republican governors and attorneys general are criticizing President Joe Biden's administration for not doing enough to stop the flow of the drugs with border security and prosecutions.