California is Now Paying for People to Test Their Drugs for Fentanyl

California is paving the way!

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Unfiltered: 'Nobody deserves to die because they use drugs'

According to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control, there were an estimated 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 — and more than 20,000 were related to fentanyl, a type of opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

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The Harm Reduction Model of Drug Addiction Treatment

TED talk on Harm Reduction.

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San Francisco's Newest Tool to Prevent Opioid Overdoses Tests Drugs, Starts Conversations

While California has made some positive strides in the fight against opioids (the latest data show that prescriptions in the state are down), deaths from one particularly powerful opioid, fentanyl, are up.

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A Test Strip That Could Save Lives

"If you had a little bit of the drug you could pop in here...you would add a little bit of water… and then you use this test strip, hold it in, and if there was fentanyl present, two red lines or pink lines would appear," says Mark Townsend.

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How Safe Injection Facilities Could Reduce Fentanyl Overdoses

In one study of 242 heroin users in British Columbia, 70 tested positive for fentanyl—and more than 50 of those hadn’t known they were using it.

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Fentanyl Is A Lethal Weapon, But $1 Test Strips Offer A Defense

“We’re not trying to help people use drugs, we’re trying to help people stay alive,” said Lisa Fair, the Associate Director of HIV Prevention and Outreach at Circle Health Services.

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RI Governor: Drug Overdose Deaths Decline, Signaling Progress

RI Governor: Drug Overdose Deaths Decline, Signaling Progress.

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New Tool To Combat Overdose Deaths: Fentanyl Test Strips

A new study co-led by a Rhode Island epidemiologist found that a simple drug testing strip -- similar to a home pregnancy test --  accurately detected the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl in street drug samples.

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Report proposes fentanyl test strips to prevent overdoses

A thin test strip -- similar to a pregnancy test -- can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report.

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California To Drug Users: We’ll Pay For You To Test Your Dope

Michael Marquesen first noticed about a year ago that fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid, had hit the streets of Los Angeles. People suddenly started overdosing after they shot up a new white powder that dealers promised would give them a powerful high.

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Opioid overdose deaths reach record level in Canada

A record number of Canadians died of opioid overdoses in 2017, according to figures released by Health Canada today.

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National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada (released March 2018)

National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada (released March 2018).

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These strips detect a deadly drug. But users still shoot up

These strips detect a deadly drug. But users still shoot up.

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Fentanyl test strips need to get into the hands of users on the streets, says public health officer

More than 1,900 people have died of illicit drug overdoses in B.C. since the province declared a public health emergency nearly two years ago.

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Cheap, easy test to spot fentanyl in opioids could stem fatal overdoses. There’s just one problem.

A fast, cheap test to see if street drugs contain fentanyl is gaining favor with researchers and drug outreach workers as a breakthrough in preventing overdoses and slowing the nation’s growing death toll from opioid abuse.

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Fighting Fentanyl: The Practitioners

Nearly two-thirds of people who use drugs surveyed for this project had experienced an opioid overdose at least once, and 8 in 10 attributed their last overdose to fentanyl. Forty-two percent had witnessed someone die of an overdose.

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Fighting Fentanyl: The Practitioners

Health departments and community-based organizations across the country have been stepping up to respond to the opioid crisis. This project aimed to identify a potential tool they can use to prevent overdose deaths and engage with people who use opioids to help them move toward addiction treatment and other services.

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Fighting Fentanyl: The Researchers

Dr. Susan Sherman and Dr. Traci Green have long focused on improving the health of marginalized populations, including people with substance use disorders, sex workers and people with HIV. For this project, they wanted to both test a solution and begin to determine how well it might work in real-world settings.

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Fentanyl test strips floated as way to fight overdoses in Dayton area

A local woman wants more people in the Dayton area to know about low-price test strips that detect fentanyl in street drugs, and proponents say could help opioid abusers avoid fatal overdoses.

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$1 Fentanyl Test Strip Could Be a Major Weapon against Opioid ODs

No drug has fueled the current spike in overdose deaths more than fentanyl. The synthetic opioid claimed two thirds of the record 64,000 such fatalities in the U.S. in 2016.

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Fentanyl Overdose Reduction Checking Analysis Study

Life expectancy in the United States has declined for two years in a row, largely driven by the opioid epidemic. Overdoses claimed more than 64,000 lives in 2016 and all indications are that the impact of the crisis in 2017 will be even greater.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, is the primary cause of the rapid increase in overdose deaths.

“Drug checking” is a service that chemically analyzes drug samples and provides results to people who use drugs so that they can take steps to protect themselves.

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An Off-Label Use of Cheap Strips – to Test for Deadly Contaminants in Drugs – Gets the Backing of Science

Research is beginning to show that cheap strips can accurately detect deadly fentanyl, and encourages people to get high more cautiously.

It costs Jess Tilley $1 to purchase a fentanyl test strip—a small sum, until you consider that she's buying them by the hundreds.

Since the fall of 2016, Tilley has been paying for these strips out of pocket and distributing them for free to drug users in western Massachusetts. It's a costly exercise, but it fits in perfectly with Tilley's mission as the founder of the New England User's Union: "We wanted to come together to advocate for all drug users."

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Demand for fentanyl test strips booms – but test is not widely available

They aren't the type of calls that Iqbal Sunderani thought he would ever get. Parents who have lost their children to fentanyl overdoses ring up his biotechnology company on a regular basis.

They say they are desperate to get their hands on drug testing strips that can detect the powerful opioid, which could prevent other families from suffering the same loss.

"It's heartbreaking to hear the stories, I am a parent myself, " said Sunderani, CEO of BTNX, which is based in Markham, Ont.

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Toronto harm reduction workers hope drug testing strips can help prevent fentanyl overdoses

At the overdose prevention site in Moss Park, harm reduction workers will soon have another tool to help drug users avoid fatal overdoses — test strips able to detect the presence of fentanyl.

While many drug users may still take fentanyl-laced products, even after a positive test, there's hope that knowing that the powerful opioid is mixed in with their drugs may prompt them to use more cautiously, or at one of two supervised injection sites now operating in the city.

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Vancouver pilot project to test for fentanyl gains attention

Vancouver Coastal Health began offering Insite clients fentanyl test strips in July, giving them the opportunity to find out, within a minute, whether there is fentanyl in the drug they are about to inject. Clients mix a small sample with water in a cooker then dip the test strip into the solution; one line means it contains fentanyl, two lines means it does not.

Since then, about a dozen groups – including a pharmacy in Winnipeg, a physician in Calgary and a harm-reduction organization in New York – have contacted Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the test's manufacturer, Ontario-based BTNX Inc., wanting to learn more and offer the affordable and easy-to-use tests themselves.

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This little strip can tell if your drugs are laced with fentanyl

Health experts are turning to a cheap drug test strip kit from a Toronto suburb as a tool to curb soaring overdose rates linked to fentanyl.

In July, Vancouver's safe injection site Insite became the first to offer free voluntary tests for clients to determine whether their supply of heroin or other drugs contained the deadly opioid. Though the kits were originally designed for doctors to test urine samples, Insite workers discovered they could be used by testing drugs diluted in water. Like a pregnancy test, the results are available within minutes. One line on the test strip means fentanyl is present, two lines means it's not.

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Project lunch bag

BTNX Inc. was the proud sponsor of Project 5K’s Project Lunch Bag for its second consecutive year. The goal of the project was to provide bagged lunches to the homeless in downtown Toronto. This generous initiative was run by a group of student volunteers, which distributed lunches to those in need during the Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to this thoughtful undertaking, the volunteers also wrote motivational messages, which were placed into each lunch bag to help lift the spirits of those they met.

The project proved very successful providing 250 bagged lunches to the homeless that day. We are very proud to have sponsored Project 5K and thank the volunteers who worked hard to kindly help those in need.

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SJMF

BTNX Inc. is proud to announce the efforts of our co-op student, Newton Zheng, in his fundraising initiative to build homes in the Dominican Republic. Donations will be provided to SJMF, a local charity dedicated to creating sustainable communities within the Ocoa region and to establish long lasting relationships between North Americans and Dominicans.

Given our presence in the Dominican Republic to support service in Latin American this initiative hits home. We hope you will join us in our pledge to improve the living conditions for Dominican families in need.

If you are interested in donating, please e-mail hsunderani@btnx.com.

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