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Interior Health issues Drug Alert

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
August 16th, 2020

Interior Health has issued a Drug Alert for Nelson, Salmo, Castlegar and Trail after after drug checking services tested several samples of “down” found to be contaminated with highly toxic levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

The drug description is “purple, blue, pink pebbly substance sold as down” the Interior Health release said.

Anyone with drugs that want them tested can do so at ANKORS, located at 101 Baker Street in Nelson.

Reduce the risk:

  • Get your drugs checked – see service information below.
  • Avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together.
  • Don’t use alone or ask someone to check on you.
  • If you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app which can connect you with 911
  • emergency responders if you overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.
  • When using your substance start with a small amount, and then go slow.
  • Use at an Overdose Prevention or Supervised Consumption Site, if one is near you.
  • Know how to respond to an overdose – call 911, give rescue breaths and naloxone.

Naloxone kits and training are available at:

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