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Drug Checking Report for Interior Health – August 2023 – BCCSU

The BCCSU publishes Provincial and regional monthly reports that summarize drug checking results. Here is the August 2023 report from samples collected by Drug Checking Sites across the Interior Health region.

Key Findings

In August, a total of 336 drug checks were performed by services offering FTIR drug checking in the Interior Health region. The number of psychedelic samples checked dropped significantly following the summer festival season.

The percentage of all opioids testing positive for benzodiazepines by FTIR and test strip was 72.8% in August (99 of 136samples), a slight decline from the previous months.

Benzodiazepines were found in concentrations high enough to be detected by FTIR in 18.5% of unregulated opioid samples checked (25 of 135 samples), with bromazolam most frequently detected (24 samples).

Fluorofentanyl was detected in 20.0% of unregulated samples (27 of 135 samples), whereas fentanyl was detected in 51.1% (69 samples).

Find the full report here.