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Drug users in Kelowna and Vernon should be extra careful this week

This batch of down is very strong.
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High concentrations of benzos and fentanyl have been found in recent samples of down, and Interior Health is putting users in Kelowna and Vernon on alert.

The concerning batch of heroin is 10 to 20% bromazolam – a strong benzo, and a high concentration of fentanyl, according to the alert, which remains in effect until Dec. 7.

“Both are higher than usual,” the warning says.

This particular down looks like light pink and white powder, and presents a high risk of causing fatal overdoses. Mixing with alcohol is particularly advised against.

“Focus on breathing if naloxone appears to not resolve overdose symptoms,” the health authority recommends.

Interior Health warns users that smoking drugs is not safer than injecting them, and that benzo overdoses can’t be reversed by naloxone.

“Start with a small amount and space out your doses.”

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