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Interior Health issues Vernon overdose alert related to fentanyl supply

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September 16, 2020 - 4:15 PM

For the second time in just a week, Interior Health has issued a drug alert to warn users in Vernon following multiple opioid overdoses which resulted in seizures.

According to an Interior Health overdose alert, a batch of opioids contains a synthetic cannabinoid has caused multiple overdoses which resulted in seizures.

The overdose alert, issued today, Sept. 16, says a recent sample of "down" – the common name for fentanyl and/or heroin – tested positive for AMB FUB, a synthetic cannabinoid that can cause seizures. The sample found was a brown and purplish colour.

On Sept. 9, Interior Health issued a drug alert, warning users in Vernon of a high-risk batch of fentanyl that may not respond to naloxone.

Interior Health is advising users to avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together, as well as to get drugs checked. The health authority also warns people not to use alone, leave the door unlocked and tell someone to check on you. People who use alone can download the Lifeguard App which can connect to 911 emergency responders if they overdose.

The healthy authority also advises when using your substance to start with a small amount, and go slow, use at an Overdose Prevention or Supervised Consumption Site, if possible, and to know how to respond to an overdose – call 911, give rescue breaths and naloxone.

The signs of an overdose are slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips and/or fingertips turning blue, difficult to wake-up and non-responsive. If you encounter someone having an overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately, open their airways and give rescue breath, and give naloxone if possible.

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