Alert issued in Kamloops after high-risk drug combination found

Interior Health has issued another drug alert in Kamloops. On Wednesday, the health authority warned of a pink to reddish-brown drug sold as “down.”

The drug was found to contain fentanyl and benzodiazepines, a type of psychoactive drug. It is a high risk for overdose and prolonged sedation that may not be responsive to naloxone.

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The alert, which is in effect until Jan. 20, came from testing via Ask Wellness Society’s drug-checking program and follows four drug alerts earlier this month for products circulating in Kamloops.

The first drug is described as a greyish blue pebble containing fentanyl and benzodiazepines — a type of psychoactive drug.

A second drug is described as a white powder containing fentanyl, benzodiazepines and the synthetic cannabinoid AMB-FUB.

The third is a brown pebble substance containing etizolam — benzodiazepines — fentanyl and AMB-fubinaca, and has additional side effects such as hallucinations or agitation.

The fourth substance consists of purple granules containing fentanyl, AMB-fubinaca and possibly benzodiazepines. Additional side effects include hallucinations and agitation.

People can have their drugs checked at the ASK Wellness Society office, 433 Tranquille Rd. in North Kamloops, and at supervised drug-use sites, at ASK Wellness and at the Crossroads Inn, downtown at Seymour Street and Sixth Avenue.

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