Drug checking is a harm reduction service that helps people make informed decisions about unregulated substances before they use and provides public health with timely information about the drug supply.
Drug checking results give information about unexpected additives in the sample provided, as well as the composition and concentration of the substances tested.
If you are using substances, find ways to stay safer by visiting our Harm Reduction for Substance Use page.
- Call your nearest location below to confirm hours of operation and testing.
- Bring a sample of your unregulated substance to a designate location for free and confidential testing.
- Give a very small amount to the technician (about the size of a grain of rice).
- Wait for analysis (time to analyze varies by location and method of testing).
- Get your results in person, over the phone or online (depending on service and location).
Drug checking locations
- Campbell River
- Comox Valley
- Cowichan Valley/Duncan
- Port Alberni
- Port Hardy
- 7070 Shorncliffe Avenue
- Drop off drug samples in-person when open or via a secure mail slot any time. Results given within 20 minutes when a technician is available, or the next business day
- Results accessed online via Substance’s anonymous portal
- Services offered by Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use
- Mail-in: Vancouver Island Drug Checking Project
- Visit Substance
- Click “send a sample” in the upper right corner of the page
- Follow instructions to anonymously submit drug samples and retrieve results
- Mail-in: Get Your Drugs Tested
- Visit GetYourDrugTested.com
- Follow instructions to submit sample and retrieve results
- Take away: Fentanyl Test Strips
- Pick up at some Overdose Prevention & Supervised Consumption Locations. Please call the location closest to you to confirm availability.
- Pick up 24/7 in the Care and Connect Kiosks outside emergency departments at North Island Hospital – Campbell River and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
- Fentanyl test strips have limitations. Please use a drug checking service whenever possible. Watch instructions for using fentanyl test strips.
BC Centre for Substance Use Drug Checking Project