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 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 free drug checking schedule & locations.
Health Initiative for Men (416-1033 Davie Street, Vancouver – Buzzer #416)
Drug checking via FTIR spectrometer and fentanyl test strips. All welcome.
Every second Friday: Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 8, and Mar 22, 2019
Foundry Vancouver Granville (1260 Granville Street, Vancouver)
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 test “bad dope” to 236-999-3672 (DOPE)