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Interior Health issues illicit drug alert in Penticton

December 15, 2020 - 9:01 AM

A drug alert has been issued for the Penticton area by Interior Health.

The alert was posted to Interior Health’s Facebook page yesterday, Dec. 14, after a bright purple, chunky sample sold as heroin/down tested positive for both fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

There is no photo available of the substance.

The alert has since been extended to the entire South Okanagan.

Interior Health says those consuming the product have a high risk of overdose with prolonged sedation.

Overdose victims may not respond to naloxone, but breaths should continue to be given while medical attention is sought.

The alert is in effect until Dec. 23.

— This story was updated at 11:10 a.m. Dec. 17, 2020 with new information from IH about the alert.


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