Drug Checking (SCOPE)

In partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, SCOPE offers free, anonymous point-of-care drug checking with FTIR technology.

  • Free, anonymous service.
  • Drop-in, no appointments needed.
  • Analysis takes about 10 to 15 minutes per sample.

Questions? Contact Lee. Call or text 415-770-9203, or leave a voicemail at 415-487-8043.

Where you can find us

Bayview Mobile Site

Location: Innes Avenue (between 3rd & Phelps)
look for white van

Hours: Mondays from 4 pm to 5:45 pm

6th Street Harm Reduction Center

Location: 117 6th Street (between Mission & Minna)

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm to 6:45 pm

Homeless Youth Alliance

Location: 558 Clayton Street (between Haight & Page)
at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic

Hours: 1st & 3rd Fridays from 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm

Where you can find us

Bayview Mobile Site

Where: Innes Avenue (between 3rd & Phelps—look for white van)

When: Mondays from 4 pm to 5:45 pm

6th Street Harm Reduction Center

Where: 117 6th Street (between Mission & Minna)

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm to 4:45 pm

Homeless Youth Alliance/Haight Ashbury Free Clinic

Where: 558 Clayton Street (between Haight & Page)

When: 1st & 3rd Fridays from 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm

Learn more about drug checking

How do I get my drugs checked?

Bring us a small amount of your product and we will analyze it to let you know the major ingredients present and whether it contains trace amounts of fentanyl or benzodiazepines.

We are only able to analyze one sample per person per day.You can sit with us while we analyze your sample or drop them off and contact us later for results.

The technology has limits on what it can and can’t analyze, and what information can be learned. We will tell you what we are able to find out, and be clear about what we don’t know.

What can be checked?

YES:

  • Powders & chunks
  • Crystals
  • Tar
  • Pressed pills
  • Residues from pipes or foil (sometimes)

NO:

  • Plant or fungal materials like weed, blotter paper, or mushrooms.
  • Water solutions—like a prepped shot.
  • Residues from cottons or steel wool.
  • Foods like edibles or gels.
  • Bodily fluids like blood or urine.
What can you tell me about the drugs I want checked?

YES (Usually):

  • The major ingredients (above 5%).
  • If the sample has trace amounts of fentanyl or benzodiazepines.

NO:

  • Percentages or amounts of ingredients present.
  • Subjective info like purity (good vs. bad quality).
Why check my drugs?

What’s in our drugs should not be a mystery.

Knowing what ingredients our drugs contain can help us understand why they affect our bodies the ways they do and gives us more information when we’re deciding how we use. Knowing what’s in our drugs will make it more likely we’ll get the effects we want, and be able to minimize risks like overdose.

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