New ‘harmful’ street drug found in Prairie Mountain Health

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is warning residents of a new dangerous drug found on the streets in Brandon.

The health authority says a beige powder was found earlier this week and was sent to Health Canada for further testing.

The drug analysis determined the sample tested positive for fentanyl and Bromazolam, otherwise known as “benzo.”

Benzo causes respiratory depression, sedation and can cause a person to lose consciousness. It is not an opioid, which means naloxone, the medication that reverses an overdose, cannot be used.

Fentanyl, however, is an opioid that can result in an overdose causing respiratory depression, unconsciousness and even death.

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PMH says the combination of these drugs is extremely dangerous.

Health Canada says this is the first report of benzo in the PMH region.

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