Legalizing Drug-Checking Equipment

TAKE ACTIONLegalizing Drug-Checking Equipment


Overdose deaths from opioids have reached levels unseen since 2015 due to an increased flow of fentanyl into New Hampshire. It is more important than ever for New Hampshire to adopt evidence-based harm reduction strategies to save lives.

HB 470 would make it easier for Granite Staters to access life-saving drug testing kits to prevent overdoses. 

About the Bill

Under current law, with the exceptions of fentanyl and xylazine test strips, possession with intent to distribute lifesaving drug-checking equipment is an unclassified misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,000.

HB 470 would: 

  • Remove drug-checking equipment or materials used in the processing, preparing, packaging, repackaging, storing, or containing nominal amounts for drug checking from the definition of drug paraphernalia;
  • Allow the state to authorize the use of state or state-administered funds for eligible drug-checking activities;
  • Allow individuals to possess, transport, deliver, or provide a nominal amount of one or more controlled substances or controlled substance analogs for or during analysis by drug-checking equipment.

Take Action

HB 470 has a public hearing on Tuesday, March 19 at 2:15 pm in State House Room 100. Take Action to support this legislation! 

Sign in to Support (by midnight on 3/19)

  1. Go to the Senate Remote Sign-In page on GenCourt website.
  2. Select the date of the hearing: March 19
  3. Select the Senate Judiciary Committee
  4. Choose the bill number: HB 470
  5. Select "I am: a member of the public" unless one of the other labels is appropriate to you. 
  6. Fill in "I'm Representing: Myself" unless you are approved to represent another entity (i.e. your workplace or an organization) 
  7. Select "I Support This Bill." 
  8. Hit Continue, fill in your name and town on page two, and hit continue again to advance.

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Bill Status

HB 470 was passed by the House of Representatives in early January. The bill has crossed over and been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Judiciary will hold a public hearing on HB 470 on Tuesday, March 19 at 2:15 pm at the State House in Room 100. 

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