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Supervised injection site could house machine to quickly test for tainted drugs

“The machine can reveal the quality of the drug and if it’s laced with other substances. The new machines can provide results within minutes and tell users what they would be consuming… Just as important, the public health unit would be able to quickly send out warnings about bad drugs on the streets based on tested samples.”

The machine can reveal the quality of the drug and if it’s laced with other substances. The new machines can provide results within minutes and tell users what they would be consuming, Leonard said. The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre has submitted an application to the federal government to open a supervised injection site at its Nelson Street building. The drug-testing service could complement the harm-reduction program at the health centre. Leonard said her research would see if people are interested in using the drug-testing machine and examine the impact on existing harm-reduction services. She said there is an agreement with Carleton University to help guide the purchase of the machine and the training for people using it.

Original Article (Ottawa Citizen):
Supervised injection site could house machine to quickly test for tainted drugs
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