Tuesday, August 22, 2017 |
Andrea Woo, The Globe and Mail
Vancouver Coastal Health began offering Insite clients fentanyl test strips in July, giving them the opportunity to find out, within a minute, whether there is fentanyl in the drug they are about to inject. Clients mix a small sample with water in a cooker then dip the test strip into the solution; one line means it contains fentanyl, two lines means it does not.
Since then, about a dozen groups – including a pharmacy in Winnipeg, a physician in Calgary and a harm-reduction organization in New York – have contacted Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the test's manufacturer, Ontario-based BTNX Inc., wanting to learn more and offer the affordable and easy-to-use tests themselves.Read More