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Drug Checking Report for Interior Health – February 2023 – BCCSU

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

Key Findings

  • In February, a total of 283 drug checks were performed by services offering FTIR drug checking in the Interior Health region.
  • The percentage of opioids testing positive for benzodiazepines increased from 67.2% to 83.1% in February (118 of 142 samples). Trends may be hard to infer due the large geographic region.
  • Four drug alerts were issued by Interior Health. Most pertained to multiple down samples in which high concentrations of fentanyl, or where para-fluorofentanyl was detected. In one of these samples, benzodiazepines were detected via test strip, and in another, xylazine was present in a high enough concentration to be detected by FTIR.

Find the full report here.