VCH offers free, anonymous drug checking services so people can determine what is in their substances, and potentially take action to reduce the risk of any associated harms.
You can check substances at all overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites.
Clients use a test strip, a product originally developed to check urine, at their booth. The client dilutes their substance with a few drops of water and a positive or negative for fentanyl is revealed within seconds. This method detects fentanyl and several other fentanyl analogues including carfentanil.
At Insite, clients who checked prior to consuming the substance, and got a positive result for fentanyl, were 10 times more likely to reduce their dose and clients who reduced their dose were 25% less likely to overdose.
Read the study on the service at Insite in the Harm Reduction Journal, September 10, 2018.
The Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) can identify multiple ingredients, including cutting agents, in a matter of minutes.
Health Initiative For Men (HIM) is hosting drug checking services at the HIM on Davie Health Centre (310-1033 Davie St, Vancouver). Bring in your drug of choice to have it checked for fentanyl and other components using fentanyl test strips and a spectrometer. Available Fridays until December 14, 2018 from 5 - 8 p.m.