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The Role of Fentanyl Test Kits in Modern Addiction Treatment Centers

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If you are struggling with substance abuse, it’s essential to take any and all safety measures to reduce your risk, especially your risk of overdose. Today, there is a high risk of Fentanyl being combined with other drugs, and if you are unaware that there’s Fentanyl in your drugs, it can lead to an overdose. However, learning where to buy fentanyl test kits and how to use them can help you mitigate this risk.

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Why Use Fentanyl Test Kits

If you are struggling with addiction, it’s essential that you practice whatever safety measures you can. Fentanyl is an incredibly powerful opioid, and if you are using drugs that contain Fentanyl without your knowledge, it can increase your risk of overdose.

 Fentanyl can be found in:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ketamine
  • Non-prescription pills 

You cannot detect it with smell, taste, touch, or sight, which means you won’t be able to see that there’s Fentanyl mixed in your drugs, nor will you be able to smell it or taste it. The only way you can really know if there’s Fentanyl is to use fentanyl test kits so that you can reduce your risk of an overdose.

How Do Fentanyl Test Kits Work?

Modern fentanyl test kits involve test strips that you use to tell if there is any fentanyl in your mixture and, if so, how much. There are three ways you can use the test strips, based on preference:

Option One

The first option is to take all of your drugs and dissolve them in water. This is the most accurate way to use fentanyl test kits because Fentanyl is not necessarily present in equal amounts throughout all of your drugs.

Think of it like tossing baking ingredients together in a bowl but not really mixing it well. If you test just a small section of the bowl, you might see different results than another.

If you use this method to test, you can drink the drugs after, snort with nasal spray devices, or let the water evaporate.

Option Two

The second option is to crush all of the drugs on a clean, hard surface, place them in a bag, and shake them up. Then, empty the bag and add water to the bag and the drug residue within the bag. Then, you’ll test the same way you do with the first option.

Option Three

The third option is to place ten milligrams in a dry container. This is equal to enough drugs to cover the hair on Lincoln’s face on a penny. Then, you can follow the exact instructions as option two.

Note: For all three options, your subsequent steps involve mixing water and then placing the test kits face down in the water with the wavy side completely submerged for fifteen seconds. Then you take it out, put it on a dry surface, lay it flat, and wait until it provides results two minutes later.

The results you receive from fentanyl test strips work very similarly to pregnancy tests in that you will see one line as a positive indicator that Fentanyl exists or two lines as a negative indicator.

If you use these test strips alongside other risk-reduction strategies, you can decrease your risk of overdose. 

Where to Buy Fentanyl Test Kits

So, where do you go to buy fentanyl test kits? The CDC and SAMHSA created a Federal grant program so that harm reduction centers and nonprofit drug treatment facilities could purchase these test strips using grant money and provide them to those in need.

These test strips cost about one dollar each. However, there are plenty of places where you can find them for free, such as local health departments, community organizations, or needle exchange programs.

Note: Fentanyl test kits are not legal everywhere. Some states consider them drug paraphernalia.

Other Ways to Get Help

Laguna View is a luxury facility overlooking the ocean. Our facility offers the highest level of evidence-based treatment, including Orange County drug detox services, residential care, CBT, DBT, family therapy, and aftercare.

If you are looking for comprehensive treatment for your addiction, we can help. We can also provide information on where to find fentanyl test kits and how to avoid overdose. As a program that cares, we work hard to ensure every client gets customized treatment to meet their needs.

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