Vancouver Drug Users Will Now Be Able To Test Their Drugs For Fentanyl

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Earlier this morning, the Provincial Government announced it is expanding its testing of street drugs for fentanyl, and it's launching a new drug-checking pilot program in Vancouver, as the opioid crisis worsens.

The drug-checking program is the first of its kind on the country. The City of Vancouver has partnered with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) to fund the purchase and operation of a specialized drug-checking machine.

We have heard from many public health officials that the overdose crisis is not just a problem on the Downtown Eastside, instead it is a problem that encompasses everyone. As was revealed in the statistics yesterday, nine out of every 10 deaths occurred indoors, including more than half in private residences. Today’s announcement from the provincial government seems to not take that into account, so will it actually help?

Guest: Marshall Smith - Recovery Council of B.C.

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