The Drug-Checking sub-study is focused on the design and implementation of a drug-checking intervention in a community-based setting (Health Initiative for Men) for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM). The aim of the drug-checking intervention is to provide information on the chemical composition of substances, including the presence of harmful adulterants such as fentanyl. This is achieved through the use of a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and supplemented with fentanyl test strips, which can detect the presence of fentanyl below 5% (the minimum concentration a FTIR spectrometer can detect).
Major research questions
- What are the factors (e.g., micro, meso, macro) that led to the development of HiM’s drug-checking intervention located within a service that is focused on the health needs of gbMSM?
- What were the challenges that arose in developing and implementing HiM’s drug-checking intervention for gbMSM, and how were those challenges overcome?
- What are the lessons learned for other community-based organizations that have had the opportunity to implement a drug-checking intervention?
The objectives of the sub-study are to:
- Describe the implementation process of a drug-checking intervention for gbMSM;
- Identify ‘lessons-learned’ from HiM’s drug-checking intervention; and
- Inform other community-based settings on setting up drug-checking interventions using HiM’s experience as an example.
- Community-Based Research Centre
- Health Initiative for Men (HiM)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Interested in finding out more about the Drug-Checking Study?
Please contact Research Coordinator Peter Hoong at [email protected] for questions/recruitment.