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Island drug users have a new tool to detect potentially lethal fentanyl

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Key takeaways:

  • PEERS Alliance presents free drug testing strips, as well as naloxone.
  •  The strips can’t relate the quantity of fentanyl in a drug but will tell the user if it is. 

Prince Edward Islanders who consume opioids can now receive drug testing strips to check their drugs for fentanyl.

The free strips are being presented by PEERS Alliance, a group that encourages harm removal strategies for people who use drugs.

Tessa Rogers, the group’s street outreach employee, said P.E.I. is at the end where users should take every street drug with some trace of fentanyl, which can be harmful even in tiny quantities.

The strips can’t tell the dose of fentanyl in a drug but will say to the user if it is present.

PEERS Alliance also gives out naloxone, a narcotic that can change the effects of an opioid overdose.

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The free strips are being presented by PEERS Alliance, a group that encourages harm removal strategies for people who use drugs

Recovering addicts say these tools are essential to keep Islanders secure.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said Andrea Donaldson.

“I think it should have been more available in the past, but it’s a great measure in the present, and for the future, I think it will stop a lot of overdoses because a lot of people overdosing on fentanyl are not fentanyl users and think they are buying something other than fentanyl.”

A post has been spreading on a social media page from a self-identified drug user alerting others about harmful drugs in Charlottetown. Rogers said PEERS Alliance could also aid get the word out.

“If folks are satisfied with it, like we value when folks come to us and let us understand so that we can, you know, in real-time we can use our social media, kind of push that out, talk to community members we’re conscious of.”

Source – cbc.ca

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