Fentanyl, an opioid, is a strong painkiller that is being mixed into illegal drugs in Vancouver. A very small amount of fentanyl can be fatal. Fentanyl has been found in all illegal drugs. Benzodiazepines are also increasingly mixed into these drugs.
If you use or intend to use illegal drugs, consider the following:
Find out more by taking the First Aid for the Toxic Drug Supply Canvas course. You can also request a workshop on this topic through the UBC Wellness Centre wellbeing events and AMS Peer Support.
Fentanyl test strips
Test strips for drug checking can look for fentanyl in a small amount of a substance mixed in water. Free fentanyl test strips can be accessed anonymously and are available at the following UBC locations:
- Nurse on Campus booths in the UBC Life Building during the academic year. Nurses can show you how they work if you need a demonstration.
- UBC Wellness Centre front desk, room 1400 in the UBC Life Building
- Other locations in the AMS Nest
Naloxone is a medication that can reverse accidental drug poisoning from fentanyl. Several UBC locations offer free naloxone kits.
All kits are confidentially distributed and freely available for those who could experience accidental drug poisoning from the toxic drug supply in British Columbia, or those who might witness a family member or friend experience drug poisoning.
Call Student Health Service to book an appointment and ask to see a nurse for naloxone training. Many appointment times are offered throughout the week. These appointments are anonymous and confidential. You do not need to provide your real name and the appointment will not show on your medical or student record. You can book an individual or group appointment.
The nurse will go over the components of the kit, signs of an overdose, and how to use the kit. They will also provide practice using the ampule and syringe (needle) to increase familiarity with it.
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