According to the Times Colonist, the city of Vancouver will be selling fentanyl test strips. Potentially, these are being sold out of a need to be fulfilled. The need based on the overdose crisis in province of British Columbia.

The Overdose Prevention Society Sarah Blyth stated the society found the strips being sold. They are similar to the pregnancy tests one takes home for self-testing. Rapid Self Test, Inc., makes the fentanyl test strips.

They, according to the reportage, are being sold for $1.25 at a Dollar Tree. The society tested the strips on a number of illicit street drugs on Saturday with the fentanyl test strip kits bought from the dollar store.

The reportage said that everything tested positive for fentanyl. This does not mean, by necessity, the tests are in any way accurate. The senior manager of programs at the PHS Community Services Society, Coco Culbertson, opined that the item was new: the fentanylltesting strips for $1.25

According to the website of the product, the tests are available through Walmart and Pharmasave. “Drug checking using fentanyl testing strips has been taking place at Insite, the supervised consumption site in Vancouver, since summer 2016. It was expanded in September to the Powell Street Getaway and overdose-prevention sites in Vancouver Coastal Health’s region,” the Times Colonist reported.

The ones sold at the dollar store are a different brand. The Dollar Tree in Pender Street sells two, as it turns out, home test kits. One for marijuana; another for fentanyl. A clerk from a store at Commercial Drive stated that they had sold out of them.

“I don’t know how reliable these tests are,” Blyth said. “But if people buy [illicit] drugs and they can access these tests for a good price, then I see that as a good thing.” Blyth said harm reduction is another methodology in order to reduce and so prevent overdose deaths.

Imagine if a loved one or colleague, this could save a life. Some other methodologies include never using drugs by one self, using them at the supervised consumption sites, or having access to the drug naloxone to prevent fentanyl overdoses.

There is one warning, according to the reportage, that the test kits to do not test for carfentanil, which is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.

“The province continues to be gripped by an opioid crisis, one that led to B.C. declaring a public health emergency in 2016,” the Time Colonist said, “More than 1,400 British Columbians died last year from illicit drug overdoses, and hundreds more have died this year. The powerful opiate fentanyl is believed to have caused most of the fatalities.”

Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail:

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