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Drug Checking Report for Interior Health – September 2022 – BCCSU

The BCCSU publishes Provincial and regional monthly reports that summarize drug checking results. Here is the September 2022 report from samples collected by Drug Checking Sites across the Interior Health region.

Key Findings

  • There was an increase in total drug checks in Interior during September, due mostly to drug checking services provided
    at a small festival where 210 samples were tested. A separate report on larger festivals in the region will be published
    later in the fall.
    • The percentage of opioids testing positive for benzodiazepines in the region decreased from 67.9% to 50.0% in
    September (54 of 108 samples). Trends may be hard to infer due the large geographic region, and the true rate may be
    higher than reported here benzodiazepines, and benzodiazepine-like substances like etizolam, may be missed by drug
    checking technologies.
    • Etizolam was the most frequent benzodiazepine detected by FTIR in the month of September, found present in 4
    opioid samples.

Find the full report here.