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Interior Health issues street-level drug alert for Kelowna and Vernon

Interior Health says multiple samples of meth in Kelowna and Vernon have been found to contain benzodiazepine. Interior Health

An alert for street-level drugs has been issued for Kelowna and Vernon.

Interior Health, which issued the alert on Friday, says multiple samples of street-level meth in those two Okanagan cities have been found to contain benzodiazepine.

According to IH, the drug is being sold as ‘side’ (meth) and appears as a colourless crystal. The potential effects of ingesting the drug include sleepiness, memory loss, altered thinking, delusions of safety or sobriety, risky behaviour and passing out.

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“Naloxone will not reverse the effects of benzos,” warned Interior Health.

Further, IH says many types of benzos cause a strong feeling when inhaled, and that taking multiple doses will cause more undesirable effects.

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It also said:

  • Sedation can last minutes to hours
  • If you don’t use benzos, this will have a stronger effect
  • If someone passes out from meth, make sure they can breathe and don’t leave them alone
  • Naloxone will not work on benzos, but always give naloxone when in doubt
  • Benzos can cause intense withdrawal symptoms

More information about the drug alerts in Kelowna and Vernon can be found on Interior Health’s website.

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