We might come across heroin if it’s mixed with speed in a goofball. Or we might come across it all by itself, depending on what we’re up to in terms of our drug use. Heroin is a very potent opiate analgesic. It can be snorted, smoked, injected or booty bumped.

Oxycontin might seem like a good idea if we’re feeling too high but it’s a touchy combination of effects. Opiates decrease respiration and can cause overdose. Other opiates, organic and synthetic, are also intense analgesics.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that recently has been found in heroin and also other recreational drugs. Fentanyl is 30-50 times stronger than heroin, which greatly increases the chance of overdose. (.25 milligrams of Fentanyl can be fatal) There is a way to test to see if your drugs contain fentanyl. Fentanyl test strips allow you to use a very small amount of drugs to see if they contain this powerful opiate. ***Narcan is an opiate overdose reversal drug, and has saved numerous lives here in San Francisco, as well as around the world.


Most Syringe Access Services (aka Needle Exchanges) can train and supply you with Narcan and Fentanyl test strips.

For San Francisco’s Syringe Access schedule click here:

SF Syringe Access Services Schedule

Online Fentanyl Test Strip and Narcan Resources:

Fentanyl Test Strips/Drug Testing kits: https://dancesafe.org/shop/ 

Narcan: https://www.naloxoneforall.org/

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More info on Fentanyl: