Drug checking services are being offered during several area summer festivals, in addition to the usual service offered.
Drug checking is a free service that allows people to anonymously submit samples of street drugs to be analyzed for their chemical makeup and to determine if the substances contain fentanyl or carfentanil. A range of substances can be tested — including opioids, stimulants, and other psychoactive drugs such as MDMA. Results are provided in a matter of minutes.
Vancouver Pride Festival – August 3 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at HIM
Electric Love Music Festival – July 26-28
Shambhala Music Festival – August 10-13
"Drugs today are not what people think they are and increasingly they are contaminated with fentanyl, the toxic substance responsible for the majority of fatal overdoses in BC," says Dr. Mark Lysyshyn. "Drug checking provides people with information about the drugs they are planning to consume so they can take measures to stay safe: Dispose of contaminated drugs, take a lower dose, don't use alone, get a naloxone kit and consider addiction treatment if that's right for you."
The service will allow those using substances to make informed decisions and take necessary precautions to avoid harms that may include accidental overdose. Festival organizers will also be able to alert guests of unexpected and potentially dangerous contaminants in the drug supply.
For more info about drug checking services, visit our drug checking webpage.
For more info related to drugs and overdoses, visit www.vch.ca/overdose