Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fentanyl Screening Program in Vancouver Expands to Overdose Prevention Sites

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fentanyl Screening Program in Vancouver Expands to Overdose Prevention Sites

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Fentanyl testing program in Vancouver expands

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VANCOUVER - A pilot project that allows Vancouver drug users to test substances for the deadly opioid fentanyl is being expanded in an effort to reduce overdose deaths.

Vancouver Coastal Health says the pilot project found that clients who found fentanyl in their drugs were 10 times more likely to reduce their dose and, as a result, they were 25 per cent less likely to overdose.

The initiative launched at Insite, a supervised injection site, in July 2016 in response to the crisis that has killed hundreds of people in the province.

To date, more than 1,400 tests have been conducted.

The health authority says 80 per cent of all drugs tested were positive for fentanyl, including 84 per cent of heroin samples and 65 per cent of non-opiate drugs, such as crystal meth, ecstasy and cocaine. …

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