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Interior Health issues alert in Kamloops for extremely toxic fentanyl

December 05, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Interior Health Authority has issued a drug alert in Kamloops for highly toxic fentanyl.

Interior Health says in an alert posted to Twitter, that Light Purple Down is contaminated with AMB-FUB or Synthetic Cannabinoid and is testing for extremely toxic levels of fentanyl.

The drug is causing increased overdoses and producing high levels of sedation (lots of nodding), the alert states. There have also been recent reports of the Light Purple Down producing increased heart rate, heavy sweating and auditory and visual hallucinations.

Interior Health is reminding the public to avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together, never use alone, leaving one’s door unlocked and asking someone to check on you. It also recommends individuals test their drugs by using a small amount and then go slow.

It says to carry a naloxone kit and know how to use it. Or go to an overdose prevention site if there is one nearby.

The signs of an overdose include slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips or fingertips turning blue, difficult to awaken and non-responsiveness.

If someone is exhibiting these symptoms, call 911 right away, and give naloxone if available.

Naloxone kits and training are available by going here.

Supervised consumption sites are available in Kamloops at 433 Tranquille Rd. from Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 569 Seymour St. from Tuesday to Friday 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The alert is in effect until Dec. 12.




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