At least 45 deaths were linked to opioids in South Dakota in 2022. That’s a 10-year-high, according to the state. A tool that just became legal in South Dakota this year could help prevent opioid deaths.
Small pieces of paper called fentanyl test strips can help detect the powerful synthetic opioids in different kinds of drugs.
“It’s being laced in every illicit substance out there, and most people are not seeking fentanyl. Most people are seeking something else, and they don’t want to die,” Emily’s Hope founder Angela Kennecke said.