Find out what’s in your drugs.

Drug checking is a harm reduction service. It helps community members check their drugs for fentanyl and other contaminants and take action to reduce overdose risk and other harms.

There are two different ways to check drugs in our region – fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers and fentanyl test strips.

All drug checking services are free and confidential.

Fourier-transform infrared spectrometers

Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers can identify up to six substances in a drug sample.

Examples include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, fentanyl, benzodiazepines and various cutting agents.

FTIR spectrometers work by shining infrared light at a sample and measuring how that light is absorbed. Drugs and cutting agents have unique absorption patterns that are identifiable by a trained technician.

The test takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

A 5mg sample (about the size of a match head) is needed.

Locations offering this service

Fentanyl test strips

Fentanyl test strips can detect fentanyl and some fentanyl analogues in a drug sample.
Individuals mix the sample (equal to a few grains of sand) with a small amount of water, place the test strip in the water and a positive or negative result is revealed in minutes.
For more information on drug checking with fentanyl test strips, please see our step-by-step guide:

Location(s) offering this service

Location
Address
City
Location
Abbotsford Community Hub Centre
Unit 108, 32883 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford
Location
Abbotsford Public Health Unit
104-34194 Marshall Road
Abbotsford
Location
Agassiz Public Health Unit
7243 Pioneer Avenue
Agassiz
Location
Burnaby Public Health Unit
105-4946 Canada Way
Burnaby
Location
Pacific Community Resources Society - Mobile Van
Mobile Van
Chilliwack
Location
Chilliwack Public Health Unit
45470 Menholm Road
Chilliwack
Location
Chilliwack Addictions and Prevention Services
45921 Hocking Avenue
Chilliwack
Location
North Delta Public Health Unit
11245 84 Avenue
Delta
Location
Hope Public Health Unit
444 Park Street
Hope
Location
Langley Public Health Unit
20389 Fraser Highway
Langley
Location
Maple Ridge Public Health Unit
400-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road
Maple Ridge
Location
Alouette Addictions Services
106-22838 Lougheed Highway
Maple Ridge
Location
Mission Public Health Unit
7298 Hurd Street, 1st floor
Mission
Location
Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families – Mobile Van
Mobile Van
New Westminster
Location
New Westminster Public Health Unit
218-610 Sixth Street
New Westminster
Location
Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families - Youth Clinic
40 Begbie Street
New Westminster
Location
Starship Health Contact Centre Purpose Society
40 Begbie Street
New Westminster
Location
Tri-Cities Public Health Unit
200-205 Newport Drive
Port Moody
Location
Lookout Housing and Health Society - Positive Point
10697 135A Street
Surrey
Location
Guildford Public Health Unit
100-10233 153 Street
Surrey
Location
Cloverdale Public Health Unit
205-17700 56 Avenue
Surrey
Location
Lookout Housing and Health Society - Mobile Van
Mobile Van
Surrey
Location
North Surrey Public Health Unit
220-10362 King George Boulevard
Surrey
Location
Newton Public Health Unit
200-7337 137th Street
Surrey
Location
SafePoint
2-10681 135A Street
Surrey
Location
White Rock South Surrey Public Health Unit
15476 Vine Avenue
White Rock

Drug checking for all chemicals

The Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) machine can identify multiple ingredients, including cutting agents.

Point of Care Drug checking service is offered at Starship Health Contact Centre Purpose Society from Monday - Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 3:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Substances can also be dropped-off anytime. Drop-off samples at Purpose Society at 38 Begbie Street from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., drop-off behind Purpose society on Alexander Street, right across from the New Westminster Skytrain station.

Drug checking service is offered on Wednesdays at SafePoint from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Substances can also be dropped-off anytime. Samples will be run through the FTIR by the technician on Wednesdays and results will be available Wednesday afternoon.

Samples need to be at least 3mg and cannot be returned. Schedules subject to change.