Piloting the use of Fentanyl test strips to reduce potential harms from Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues

The UK has seen a rise in the number of deaths attributed to Fentanyl and Fentanyl analogues (FFAs) in recent years. This project looks to explore both service user and staff views on FFAs self-test strips. These strips allow substances to be tested prior to consumption for the presence of FFAs. FFA test strips have been successfully used in North America yet have little evidence of use or trials in the UK to date.

This service improvement project explores service users and staff views of self-use drug test kits as an additional harm reduction method; and will help to ascertain whether these tools could be an effective measure against FFA harms in the UK. The findings will also inform future pilots and may help direct responses to other rising drug threats across the UK, such as fake illicit drugs.