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B.C. festival-goers’ drugs contain only expected substance 2 out of 3 times: study

BCCSU Research Festival-goers' drugs (Photo credit: CTV News)
BCCSU Research Festival-goers' drugs (Photo credit: CTV News)

VANCOUVER – A troublingly high number of drugs tested at B.C. music festivals last summer weren’t what potential users thought they were, although few were contaminated with fentanyl, according to a new study.

Research scientist Lianping Ti and colleagues attended several festivals around the province in summer 2018, including Electric Love, BassCoast, Rifflandia and Vancouver Pride Festival. They brought their Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and fentanyl testing strips, offering checking services for free to festival-goers.

Ti’s study is part of continuing efforts by the B.C. Centre on Substance Use to pilot drug-checking services across the province in two main areas: in street-entrenched settings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and at festivals, Ti said.

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