What are fentanyl test strips?

Fentanyl test strips (FTS) are a low-cost method of helping prevent drug overdoses and reducing harm.

FTS are small strips of paper that can detect the presence of fentanyl in all different kinds of drugs (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc.) and drug forms (pills, powder, and injectables).

Look for organizations in your city or state that distribute FTS, keep them on you, and use them!

How to use fentanyl test strips:

  1. Put a small amount (at least 10mg) of your drugs aside in a clean, dry container.
  2. Add water to the container and mix together. Please note: For most drugs, you need ½ teaspoon of water. If you are testing methamphetamines, use1 full teaspoon.
  3. Place the wavy end of the test strip down in the water and let it absorb for about 15 seconds.
  4. Take the strip out of the water and place it on a flat surface for 2 to 5 minutes.
  5. Read results.

Lower your risk of overdose

  1. Keep naloxone readily available on you and at home.
  2. Avoid mixing drugs.
  3. Don’t rely on a previous source or experience.
  4. Never use drugs alone.
  5. Ask for help if you’re ready to get treatment for your addiction.

You can find evidence-based treatment and service options near you by visiting findtreatment.gov or by calling the 24/7, National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357).


Source of information NCA/PDA