Spectroscopy for the masses: Training the community to operate drug-checking technologies as a response to the overdose crisis

Funding body

Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat’s New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration 


Funding to support training and capacity building for the drug checking program of research and explores the feasibility of training people impacted by substance use and overdose to operate spectrometers in harm reduction settings.

Progress to date

In response to COVID-19 the funder provided all contracts with an automatic 1-year extension in 2020. Currently, building a community of practice website and resources for launch in Fall 2021 at communityofsubstance.org.


  • Dr. Bruce Wallace (Co-PI)
  • Hore, D. (Co-PI)
  • Aasen. J. (Collaborator)
  • Cartwright, J. (Collaborator)
  • Davison, C. (Collaborator)
  • Jensen, K. (Collaborator)
  • Phillips, P. (Collaborator)
  • Price, M. (Collaborator)
  • Stanwick, R. (Collaborator)