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Drug checking provides life-saving information about the harmful and even deadly contaminants that drugs may contain, such as fentanyl.
Drug checking services are available at many supervised consumption and overdose prevention services across the province to test a range of substances, including opioids, stimulants, and other psychoactive drugs such as MDMA and benzodiazepines.
Each month, the BC Centre on Substance Use publishes reports summarizing drug checking results. You can use these reports to see types of drugs around B.C. and what drugs are contaminated.
Free and confidential drug checking in Vancouver, B.C.
GET YOUR DRUGS TESTED is the world’s largest repository of street drug analysis results. They are a community service entirely funded and operated by the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary and certified by Vancouver Coastal Health as an Overdose Prevention Site.
How the Testing Works
GET YOUR DRUGS TESTED has a special machine called an “FTIR Spectrometer” which can identify drug samples and what they are comprised of.
The test takes 10 minutes on average and does not destroy the sample. The machine shines an infrared laser onto the sample, then analyzes the reflected light spectrum to identify the substances in the sample.
They also have test strips available – these are more sensitive and can test for even trace amounts of fentanyl or benzodiazepines.
People who use drugs can report contaminated drugs.
People in Vancouver Coastal Health who use drugs can report overdoses that show unusual symptoms, what town and neighbourhood the substance was purchased in, types of substances, and physical description of the substances. Photos of the substances can be uploaded to the web form.
Information is relayed to Vancouver Coastal Health staff immediately. Staff warn people, health care staff and community organizations about contaminated drugs, which may help prevent overdoses.
Reports are anonymous. Visit the website to learn about reporting bad dope and getting drug contamination alerts by text.