#TestIt Alert Issued for Portland, OR and the General PublicKristin Karas
By: DanceSafe Staff
A clear crystalline substance was tested using both reagent drug checking as well as fentanyl test strips by a local harm reductionist following an overdose. The sample was sold as methamphetamine; however, the substance tested positive for both the presence of fentanyl (or fentanyl analog) and methamphetamine.
As stated above, this was discovered after an individual in the community consumed the substance thinking it only contained methamphetamine and experienced an opioid overdose. Thankfully, this individual did not use alone and was revived with four doses of naloxone.
This instance demonstrates the importance of using both reagent drug checking as well as fentanyl test strips for all substances. This is especially concerning as methamphetamine is a common adulterant for many other substances such as cocaine and MDMA. Remember, fentanyl is lethal at small doses. You can learn more about how to use fentanyl test strips here.
We urge our community to keep in mind that drug markets are expansive and these substances may appear in locations other than the submission’s origins. Always test before you ingest to avoid ingesting a misrepresented substance! Purchase your DanceSafe drug checking kit here.
If you test a misrepresented substance, submit your drug checking results to us to be featured in a #TestIt Alert.
Since 1998, DanceSafe has been keeping the electronic music and nightlife communities safe. As a nonprofit, we provide free harm reduction services at music festivals and nightlife events across the nation. All proceeds from the sales of our drug checking kits go back into the organization so we can continue to provide our services in our communities for free. By purchasing a kit, you are not only helping keep you and your friends safe, you are also contributing to the harm reduction movement. Thank you for your support!