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Strength of down can vary within a batch and even in the same bag.

Whenever a drug is diluted with other ingredients, like Caffeine and Sugars for Down, there is a change of the concentration of fentanyl to be unequally spread through the batch.

Using slow and low reduces risks. One puff may be stronger than the previous one!

Staggering doses may not give as much of a rush, but it helps prevent overdosing.

As an example, multiple light blue down  samples were tested in Penticton this week. They all presented the same composition: Caffeine, Erythritol and Fentanyl. The big difference was that they ranged in concentration from 15% all the way to 35%!

Down of all colors can vary in strength.

Get your drugs checked!

ANKORS Nelson – Drug Checking Report – Week of February 17, 2022

It was a busy week for drug checking at ANKORS in Nelson. They were in Grand Forks on Tuesday and in Trail on Wednesday for testing – the rest of the week was spent in Nelson. Please find details in attached report.

View full report here.

When Ketamine is not Ketamine.

Testing ketamine highly recommended for West Kootenay Communities!

A white crystalline powder with the appearance of ketamine is circulating in the West Kootenays. Sold as ketamine or K, it actually tests as an intermediate chemical for the synthesis of opioids with nothing else detected.  There is no history of human use for this substance and thus, we are not able to tell what dangers may be associated with it. According to people who have tried it, it has no noticeable effect.

There has also been occurrence of this unusual chemical appearing mixed together with ketamine. This means that even if the ketamine you have seems to have some effect, there is still a risk of taking a substance with no record of it having been tried by humans.

To see pictures of the ketamine tested, check out the results page by clicking here.

We highly recommend testing your Ketamine, especially if it has been acquired recently!

ANKORS in Nelson is open for testing:

Monday and Thursday, as well as sometimes Wednesday depending on mobile testing hours
9:30-4:30, with a break for lunch from 12-1
Samples can be dropped off anytime.

ANKORS also has a mobile testing operation! Learn more about it here: Drug checking comes to Grand Forks, Castlegar, and Trail!

ANKORS Nelson – Drug Checking Report – Week of February 3, 2022

It was a busy week for drug checking at ANKORS in Nelson. They were in Grand Forks on Tuesday and in Trail on Wednesday for testing – the rest of the week was spent in Nelson. Overall, ANKORS tested 25 samples: nine samples in Grand Forks, six in Trail, and ten in Nelson. The substances were as follows: 12 down samples, seven MDMA samples, five methamphetamine samples, and one ketamine sample.

View full report here.

Drug checking comes to Grand Forks, Castlegar, and Trail!

Did you know that our friends at ANKORS have a mobile drug checking service that stops in Grand Forks, Castlegar and Trail? The current schedule is below.

Grand Forks – Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday at the Gospel Chapel

Castlegar – Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday at The Way Out shelter

Trail – Wednesdays – the third Wednesday of the month at the United Church (with the pop-up OPS) and the two Wednesdays before at the Community Inclusion Centre

Need more information? Call ANKORS at 236-972-7080 / 250-505-5506 or send them an email.

ANKORS Nelson – Drug Checking Report – Week of November 18, 2021

This week 8 samples were tested in Trail. The down samples were fairly typical for these days, with average fentanyl proportions. One sample that was of sold as ketamine was actually methamphetamine. The sample was sold and bought in Calgary, and therefore these results may not pose serious concern to people who are using drugs in the Kootenay/Boundary or Interior Health region. However, it serves as a reminder to have your drugs checked before using, start with a small amount, and use with a buddy or in an overdose prevention site/supervised consumption site.

Drug checking report for Interior Health – BCCSU

Key Findings
• The percentage of opioids testing positive for benzodiazepines in the region rose sharply (68%, 42 of 62 samples) from last month, but trends may be hard to infer due to the small number of samples over a large region. Etizolam, the predominant benzodiazepine in expected opioids, may be missed by drug checking technologies. This means that the true rate may be higher than reported here.

• Heroin was detected in 17.7% of down samples in the Interior Health region in 2018 and 2019, but only 1.8% of down samples in 2021.

Read the full report.

Where can I get my drugs checked in Penticton?

ASK Wellness Society in collaboration with Interior Health is hosting a FTIR Spectroscopy which will be operate five days a week. This means, our community has access to in-depth drug checking as a harm reduction tool. To ensure success of the program and uptake in the community, the FTIR will be available in the community two times a week for in-person testing (using COVID safety measures).

  • Mondays at Victory Shelter (starting Nov 8)
  • Wednesdays at Compass House and Martin St. Outreach Centre (starting Nov 3)
  • Sunday-Thursday Burdock House (for clients only due to COVID)

Sample drop-off locations are also available at Victory shelter, Compass House, Martin St. Outreach Centre, Burdock House and SOWINS Centre.

Drug checking results will be posted weekly to ASK Wellness Society Penticton Facebook page. 

A special thank you to the UBCO HaRT team who supported community based FTIR testing in Penticton over the last year.  The HaRT team will continue to be providing FTIR services to Foundry Penticton on the last Friday of the month. 

FTIR Penticton poster – help spread the word!

 

Drug Checking Report for Interior Health – September 2021 – BCCSU

Key findings:

The percentage of opioids testing positive for benzodiazepines in the region (41%, 19 of 46 samples) increased from last month, but trends may be hard to infer due to the small number of samples over a large region. Etizolam, the predominant benzodiazepine in expected opioids, may be missed by drug checking technologies. This means that the true rate may be higher than reported here.

Fentanyl was detected in 3 stimulant samples. While these results are concerning, two of the findings can be explained by cross-contamination after purchase.

Read the full report.