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Drug alert in Penticton for extreme risk of overdose and death

The drugs are being sold are nearly pure fentanyl or fentanyl-like
Interior Health issued a drug alert to Penticton on Friday (June 10) for high levels of fentanyl. (Photo: Interior Health)

Interior Health has issued an alert in Penticton after extremely high levels of fentanyl were found in street drugs.

These drugs, being sold as ‘down’ that appears in beige chunks, carry a high risk of overdose and death.

The alert was issued on June 10 and is currently in effect until June 17.

The drugs have tested with extremely high levels of fentanyl or a fentanyl-like substance and no fillers or other substances were detected.

Penticton last received a drug alert in March, after ‘down’ was found to have been sold with fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

READ MORE: Drug alert issued in Penticton for high levels of fentanyl

To reduce the risk of overdose, Interior Health has made several suggestions:

• Get your drugs checked before use

• 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

• Start with a small amount and work up

• Use at an overdose prevention site

• Know how to respond to overdose

• If you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app which can connect you with 911 emergency responders if you overdose

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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