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Drug Checking Resources

CDC Stimulant Guide


The guide intends to assist people who interact with people who use stimulants or are interested in understanding issues related to stimulants in their community. This guide answers the common question about stimulants, stimulant use, stimulant overdose, and stimulant overdose prevention developed by harm reduction experts. The answers provided in this guide are to convey essential information to a variety of audiences. The guide does not contain medical advice; it is purely information and should not be referred to in case of emergency.


To access the guide, click HERE.

StreetCheck App

StreetCheck is an innovative community-partnered project at Brandeis University’s Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC) to develop and standardize sample collection and reporting for community drug checking programs.  The vision of StreetCheck streamlines community illicit drug sample collection through the use of a mobile based application, speeds analysis of the samples, and makes it easier to communicate results back. Download the app, watch a demo, or get more information. 

StreetCheck is available at no cost and can integrate results from any lab performing off-site testing.  If you are doing research about drug checking, StreetCheck has additional data collection options to protect privacy and confidentiality, and approved protocols useful for researchers. Contact us to learn more.       

Community Drug Checking Program Resources

These resources are for organizations that are thinking about or implementing community drug checking.

Manuals, Protocols, and Technical Briefs​​​​ 

  • Job Aids for FTIR Analysis

    These job aids were developed by the MADDS Team to help drug checking technicians perform FTIR analysis.​

Technical Training Videos

  • Xylazine Deep Dive (56:43) 

    This video discusses tools and tips for identifying xylazine with OPUS on the FTIR.

  • Processes, Instrument Overview, & Sample Accounting (1:10:33)

    This video describes the MADDS team process for setting up sites and an overview of the FTIR, GCMS and FTS instruments.

  • Introduction to Sample Analysis (1:29:54)

    This video provides an introduction to analyzing samples that have been scanned on the FTIR.

  • Inositol Demo (10:27)

    This video is an example of setting up the FTIR, scanning a sample and conducting analysis with the OPUS software.​

Helpful Tools for Talking with Program Participants & Learning About the Drug Supply

Thinking about Starting a Drug Checking Program?​​

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Publications, Reports and Other Resources

Fentanyl Test Strip Kit Distribution Pilot Evaluation Report

Fentanyl Test Strip instructions and Resources

Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association. 2021. Fentanyl Test Strips Fact Sheet. 

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TC Green, R Olson, C Jarczyk, e Erowid, F Erowid, S Thyssen, R Wightman, B del Pozo, L Michelson, A Consigli, B Reilly, S Ruiz. Implementation and Uptake of the Massachusetts Drug Supply Data Stream: A Statewide Public Health-Public Safety Partnership Drug Checking Program. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (2022) Nov-Dec 01;28(Suppl 6):S347-S354. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001581. PMID: 36194805; PMCID: PMC9531987.

Rachel S. Wightman, Earth Erowid, Fire Erowid, Sylvia Thyssen, Mary Wheeler, Benjamin Pulminskas, Rebecca Olson & Traci C. Green (2021). Confirmed reports of bupropion sold as crack cocaine in the illicit drug supply, Clinical Toxicology, DOI: 10.1080/15563650.2021.1898632

Linktree to Resources and More Information

MDPH Clearinghouse Fentanyl Test Strip Instructions (see image)
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