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Interior Health has issued a drug alert that will be in effect until June 1 for illicit drug users in Kelowna.
A substance being sold as down has high concentrations of fentanyl and benzodiazepines.
Attention #Kelowna ⚠️ We've issued a new toxic drug alert for high amounts of fentanyl and benzodiazepines in a substance sold as down ⚠️ Please RT and help spread the word: https://t.co/avX6eaLmnk #InteriorHealth— Interior Health (@Interior_Health) May 25, 2023
The black chunks contain 60-65% fentanyl and 20-25% bromazolam.
Users are at a very high risk of overdose and a high risk of fatal overdose, and an overdose may not respond to naloxone.
Other risks include amnesia, sleepiness and nodding out for a long time.
Interior Health is reminding users that smoking is not safer than injecting.
If a user thinks they have this substance, it is recommended to get it drug tested.
For those using, it is also encouraged to start with a very small amount with others around or at an Overdose Prevention Site.