Fentanyl: What members of the UGA community need to know

CALL 911

Get help immediately


According to kit instructions


Stay with the person until help arrives


  • Remember assume that any pill or drug not purchased directly from a pharmacy could contain fentanyl, xylazine, or other adulterated substances
  • Due to low quality control during the manufacturing of substances, it is difficult to know what is in the substance and how it is distributed within the pill or powder. The most accurate way to use fentanyl test strips requires that all the drugs someone plans to consume are dissolved in water. Testing only a small sample of the substance may not produce accurate results.
  • While fentanyl testing strips can be helpful if there is a positive test result (indicating the entire batch needs to be thrown out), negative test results can get a little more complicated.
  • Negative test results are not a reliable way to indicate that the substance is safe. There may be a false negative because the strip can only detect negative results on the portion of the pill or powder which was dissolved and tested. Therefore, someone could test one part of the pill and get a negative result, however the other part of the pill could contain fentanyl.

**While fentanyl is a commonly seen contaminant, there are other products and drugs that may not be detectable through fentanyl testing strips (i.e., xylazine) and have adverse effects.


  • Departments, student groups or UGA organizations requesting access a OneBox can email Liz Prince at
  • University Health Center Pharmacy: Students can access naloxone/Narcan through the University Health Center’s pharmacy. For more information about insurance and individual costs please contact UHC Pharmacy at 706-542-9979.