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Interior Health say risk high for fatal overdoses in Penticton street drugs

The drugs, described as grey pebbles contain a high percentage of fentanyl
Drugs being sold as down/fentanyl in Penticton that appear as grey pebbles have been found to contain enough fentanyl and fentanyl analogue to cause high risks of overdose and fatal overdose. (Interior Health)

Interior Health is warning drug users in Penticton of high risks of fatal overdoses.

The drugs, described as grey pebbles that are sold as down or fentanyl, contain a high percentage of fentanyl and a fentanyl analogue.

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As a result, the drugs carry a high risk of an overdose and a high risk of fatal overdoses.

On Monday, Jan. 23 a number of potential overdose calls had the Penticton Fire Department and BC Ambulance busy. At least five calls came to fire for potential overdoses in a 1.5 hour span that Monday morning.

The warning was issued the same day that Interior Health issued a warning after multiple drug poisonings in Cranbrook.

READ MORE: Interior Health issues alert after multiple drug poisonings in Cranbrook

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 Phillips

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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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