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Interior Health issues drug warning in Kamloops

September 18, 2020 - 12:15 PM

A drug alert has been issued by Interior Health for a potentially lethal drug being sold in Kamloops.

According to Interior Health's warning issued yesterday, Sept. 17, the drug is called "down" and has numerous health risks, including seizures, respiratory failure, anxiety and death. It contains a synthetic cannabinoid, fentanyl and caffeine.

The drug is described as light brown or beige in colour, and causes memory problems, difficulty thinking, excessive sweating, and both visual and auditory hallucinations.

Interior Health advises users to get their drugs checked, and if they use alone to download the free Lifeguard app, which will connect unresponsive users with immediate paramedic assistance. 

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Drug checking can be done at ASK Wellness in person from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. To drop in on Monday or Thursday, text 250-299-7219 to book an appointment between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Users can also drop-off their drug and receive test results the same day Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Instructions for sample drop off are provided on site.

The Interior Health warning is in effect until Sept. 24.

The Lifeguard App can be downloaded at both the App Store here and Google Play here.

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