Fentanyl Test Strips

The introduction of fentanyl into illicit drugs has been responsible for thousands of overdose deaths. Opioid overdose occurs when an individual takes too much of an opioid for their body to handle. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. In recent years, it has been found in not just heroin, but in cocaine, methamphetamine, and counterfeit pills as well. Using fentanyl test strips to test street drugs for the presence of fentanyl is a harm reduction intervention pioneered by activists such as Tino Fuentes and now supported by health departments across the country as a life saving intervention. 

Research has confirmed that fentanyl test strips are an accurate, low-cost, and relatively easy method of testing drugs for the presence of fentanyl. 

Fentanyl test strips are available at many syringe exchange programs. You can contact the program closest to you if you live in New York or via NASEN. Fentanyl test strips cost $1 per strip when purchased in bulk by Next. If you need fentanyl test strips and are unable to obtain them, we will send them to for their at-cost amount as a donation made to Next. Please contact jamie@nextdistro.org and include 'Fentanyl Test Strips' in the subject line. We are rarely able to provide them free of cost to visitors of Next Naloxone.

If you are a person who uses drugs and cannot obtain fentanyl test strips or other harm reduction supplies because you do not live near a syringe exchange program, please contact jamie@nextdistro.org to learn how to enroll in drug user health services through Next. 


Read more about fentanyl here: 

Wikipedia- Fentanyl

The Drug Classroom- Fentanyl video

Harm Reduction Coalition- Myths and Misinformation about Law Enforcement and Fentanyl Exposure, 2018

Rolling Stone- Fentanyl Changed the Opioid Epidemic. Now It’s Getting Worse, 8/31/18

The Atlantic- The Hard-to-Trace Ingredient Behind Skyrocketing Cocaine Overdose Death, 5/12/18

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using fentanyl test strips

Instructions can be found online at Harm Reduction Coalition:


Image courtesy of Harm Reduction Coalition.