LPRC Drug Checking Service Update

The FTIR machine will be on site at Living Positive Resource Centre (255 Lawrence Avenue in Kelowna) every Wednesday from 2 PM – 6 PM. Samples can be dropped off during this time, or the rest of the weekdays between 2 PM – 4 PM. For sample drop-off outside of these hours, please call ahead or send us an email (778 753 5830 / [email protected]).

Results can be shared over the phone, email, or in person. This service is confidential and free of charge.


How do FTIR machines work?

An FTIR machine is a small, portable machine that can detect a large number of substances in a drug by shining an infrared light on the sample and comparing it to a detailed list in its database. It can be used to identify a wide range of substances including cocaine, MDMA, heroin, and a large variety of designer drugs, as well as common fillers. There is a detection limit of about 5-10%, meaning that if there is a smaller percentage in a sample, the FTIR may not be able to pick it up. This is why the test is done in conjunction with fentanyl and benzodiazepine test strips.

For more information, head to drugchecking.ca or call us at (778) 753 5830.