Illicit drug usage in the U.S. has steadily been on the rise in the past twenty years – and so have drug-related overdoses and deaths. In 2020 overdoses cause the loss of over 81,000 lives and cost the U.S. healthcare system $11 billion.
How might we not just provide testing to an underrepresented user group, but make it more accessible, reliable, and simple?
LOOP is a publicly funded harm reduction station in restrooms of clubs, bars, and indoor music venues that allow users to test their illicit substances – reducing drug-related injuries, overdoses, and deaths.
Current Testing Methods
Participants tested a fentanyl test strip and spoke about the challenges
with the instructions and process.
Feedback and Pain Points
"It is good to know this is out there, but because of the time investment and how inconvenient it is, it's just not practical"
"The instructions are so confusing, how am I suppose to know these measurements?"
"I got a false positive on aspirin, that is concerning"
*participants are actual drug users who asked to have their identity kept anonymous.
Test strip and required tools.
view the instructions
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