Port Hardy drug-checking news

Posted on: February 7, 2024

People who use unregulated substances in the Mount Waddington Regional District area now have access to an enhanced drug-checking service for the first time thanks to a new Fourier-Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectrometer.

How it works

During business hours people can attend the Port Hardy Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) office to have a sam​ple of their substance checked and receive results within 20 minutes. After business hours, people can drop off samples via a secure mail slot and receive results the next business day via an anonymous online portal.

Samples will also be analyzed by a mass spectrometer on a weekly basis in Victoria to provide more comprehensive results, detecting whether fentanyl/and or fentanyl analogues or benzodiazepines are present in smaller amounts than can be detected by FTIR.

Now open

The new drug-checking service is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Port Hardy Mental Health and Substance Use is located at 7070 Shorncliffe Avenue. 

Island Health is committed to delivering on the shared BC Government priority to build a seamless, integrated system of mental health and substance use care that can be accessed quickly and close to home. This work aligns with Island Health Priority #8 to promote population health and prevent harm and outcome goal #24 to increase access to safer supply and drug checking. We also aim to provide​ support respectfully in ways that promote dignity and compassion without judgement. 

Learn more

Learn more about Island Health’s Harm Reduction for Substance Use