Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Fentanyl Test Strip Distribution Programs

Code: RX-8470.1900-200

Programs that distribute test strips which can be used to detect the presence of fentanyl and many of its known analogs in a drug sample with the objective of reducing the number of heroin-related fatalities. Fentanyl testing strips are mostly used by people who inject opioids. Based on the results of the testing strips, people can choose to implement measures to reduce the risk of an opioid overdose including using less of the substance, giving slow or test shots, not using alone, using with a naloxone rescue kit nearby or not using the substances at all. Other unregulated drugs in pill or powder form can also be tested (e.g., cocaine, MDMA, ketamine, and other non-injectable drugs) but must be mixed with water prior to testing.

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