Sept. 7, 2023 – he Howard Center in Burlington, which offers help to people experiencing drug addiction, has been using a limited supply of xylazine test strips for about three months. 

That’s according to Dan Hall, who is the director of outpatient services for the Howard Center, and who says test strips can help. 

“We don’t have a ton of statistical data yet, but anecdotally the demand for them has kind of ebbed and flowed, and right now I would say we are in a high demand for them,” Hall said. “So we’re giving them out regularly, and what we hear back from clients is, clients are using them, and they’re working for clients.” 

The Health Department expects to have the strips ready for distribution before the end of September, and the plan is to send them to state harm reduction agencies, as they did with fentanyl test strips.


[ninja-popup ID=12216]