Ways to Prevent an 
Accidental Overdose

  • Take care of your body; remember to hydrate, eat and sleep when possible

  • Tolerance is unique to each person and situation. Try a test hit to find out how your body will react

  • Quality matters. Stick with a reliable source or talk to friends to help you find one. A test hit can help you gauge quality

  • Using alone isn't ideal, but not everyone has or wants the "buddy system". Consider having Naloxone on hand and creating an overdose plan to have someone check in on you. 

  • Mode of administration, or the method used to take a drug can impact overdose prevention. Injection is the method most associated with overdose, followed by smoking, snorting, then injecting. Consider mixing it up to prevent overdose, as well as to protect veins. 

  • Learn about fentanyl and the option of using fentanyl test strips. 

Preventing an Opiate Overdose

What to know about Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100x more powerful than morphine. Carfentanil, a fentanyl analog, is another synthetic opioid that is 10,000x more potent. Since they are cheap to produce, these synthetics are being cut into substances, particularly opioids, but also meth, benzos and more. Testing for fentanyl and its analogs is important because with fentanyl and its analogs comes increased potency of drugs and, therefore, increased risk of accidental overdose. Fentanyl, sometimes self as is, has also been found in other drugs, particularly opioids, but also meth, benzos and more. Fentanyl and its analogs come with an increased risk of accidental overdose. Fentanyl test strips are one tool used to detect whether or not fentanyl is present in a substance. But it is important to know that the test strips cannot tell you how much fentanyl is there -- just that it is or isn't. There are different ways to use the strips based on what you are testing, so be sure to ask when you get them. They are available at Points West and other syringe services programs. 

How to test Opioids, Cocaine and Benzos for Fentanyl

How to test MDMA and Meth for Fentanyl