Drug checking is a harm reduction service that is being made available so people can determine what is in their substances and potentially take action to reduce the risk of any associated harms. In collaboration with community partners, free, anonymous drug checking services are available in Vancouver.
You can check substances at all overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites and through the Get Your Drugs Tested project in Vancouver or by mail.
Clients use a test strip, a product originally developed to check urine, at their booth. The client dilutes their substance with 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. View the schedule below or in a poster format:
Drug checking available with fentanyl test strips. All ages welcome.
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If you’d like to receive drug contamination alerts, text “alert” to 236-999-3672 (DOPE)
If you’d like to fill out an anonymous form to warn us about contaminated street drugs, please click complete the Overdose Reporting Tool
or text “bad dope” to 236-999-3672 (DOPE)