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Drug Checking Report for Interior Health – July 2023 – BCCSU

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

Key Findings

  • In June, a total of 565 drug checks were performed by services offering FTIR drug checking in the Interior Health region, the highest number of checks recorded in the region to date. This increase is primarily due to psychedelic samples tested at the Wicked Woods Music Festival in Fairmont Hot Springs.
  • ┬áThe percentage of all opioids testing positive for benzodiazepines by FTIR and test strip decreased from 88.8% to 80.0% in June(140 of 175 samples)
  • Benzodiazepines were found in concentrations high enough to be detected by FTIR in 15.0% of unregulated opioid samples checked (25 of 167 samples), with bromazolam most frequently detected (23 samples).
  • Fluorofentanyl detection surpassed fentanyl detection for the first time in June (99 vs. 35 unregulated opioid samples).
  • Drug checking is available in several communities across the Interior Health region. As of June, the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy has commenced services in Vernon at #100-3605 31st Street.

Find the full report here.