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Interior Health issues Kamloops drug alert for fentanyl-laced crystal meth

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January 23, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Two samples of crystal meth sold in Kamloops have tested positive for fentanyl, prompting a drug alert from Interior Health.

The fentanyl-tainted meth is white crystals with purple flecks, according to the Interior Health alert issued today, Jan. 23. The alert will remain in effect until Jan. 29.

Interior Health warns drug users to never use alone, leave your door unlocked and ask for someone to check on you. It recommends starting with a small dose to test it out and going slow. It advises to never mix different drugs or combine drugs and alcohol.

Interior Health reminds users to have a nearby Naloxone kit, also known as Narcan, which can save the life of someone experiencing a fentanyl overdose.

Interior Health warns that signs of an overdose include slowed or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, hard to awaken, lips and fingertips that have turned blue or someone who is non-responsive. If you see any of these signs, call 911 immediately, use Naloxone if available and open the airways and give breaths to the individual.

People using drugs can do so safely at a supervised site, such as at ASK Wellness at 433 Tranquille Road Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or at 569 Seymour Street, Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You can pick up a Naloxone kit and learn how to use it at ASK Wellness, or at Interior Health at 235 Lansdowne Street.

Click here for more locations where you can find Naloxone.

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