With B.C. facing an overdose crisis, organizers at one of the province’s biggest electronic music festivals are fundraising to buy a machine that can test for Fentanyl.
Chloe Sage with ANKORS does harm reduction at the Shambhala festival, and says they’d like to have a mobile spectrometer in place next year.
She says the rest of the year, it could be a shared resource.
“It would be a community machine, and then go out to the festival, or even other festivals. So, one of the things we’re looking at right now is…drug checking would make a really good partnership with safe injection sites. And safe injection sites are something that has really moved forward in British Columbia.”
“If telling people just not to use drugs worked, I would gladly do that. But obviously that doesn’t work because people are still using drugs. So lets get real, and offer people technology to let people know what’s in these substances.”
Sage says they’ve launched a crowdfund campaign to pay for the machine, in the absence of government support.
She says expanding public access to drug checking provincially and nationally would save lives.