Peters HB 4556Springfield - A measure to help medical professionals get more tests into the hands of    individuals who battle opioid addiction was signed into law thanks to the efforts of State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago).

“This reform will help save lives,” Peters said. “We still have a long way to go, but removing penalties organizations face when they have access to test strips is a responsible way to address the opioid crisis and to create real public safety for all instead of continuing the misguided policies of the past.”

The new law is designed to expand on the Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction Act of 2019. This measure will increase the number of persons and professions in the medical community who would not be penalized for possessing a limited residual amount of a controlled substance as part of the drug testing process.

Additionally, the supplies will be required to be stored at a medical office with limited access and would be available to designated workers such as an advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant. 

“We need to ensure that all communities in our state are protected and that they know what is going into their body,” Peters said. “I’m glad that we are taking this important step to make sure that people will not be left to the wolves of the fentanyl overdose crisis.”

The measure was signed into law on Thursday and takes effect immediately.