A quarter of street drugs are fake and dangerous to users

As overdose deaths rise, many buyers don’t know strength or content of what they buy
The Observer (UK)
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Almost a quarter of street drugs are not what users think they are, some being far more powerful and dangerous than expected, according to findings from the UK’s first community-based drug-checking service. The testing, carried out in Bristol and Durham, involved more than 170 substances of concern being submitted and analysed by a team of chemists in a pop-up lab, with follow-up healthcare consultations delivered to more than 200 users. Nearly one in four of the drugs sold (24%) were not what they purported to be, according to the results, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.