These alerts have been issued within the last month and are updated as new alerts are broadcasted.

Drug alerts here include samples identified checked at partner sites that may contain harmful or unexpected substances and have been issued by the local health authority to inform the community of potential overdose risk or harm.

November 25, 2021 – Vancouver
Expected drug: Ketamine
Appearance: White powder
Drug checking results: Xylazine
Fentanyl test strip: Negative
Benzo test strip: Negative
Location purchased: Vancouver
What does this mean? 
Xylazine is an animal tranquilizer with sedative effects and is linked to soft tissue injury.

November 23, 2021 – Vancouver
Expected drug: Down or fentanyl
Appearance: Orange and brown pebbles
Drug checking results: Fentanyl and benzodiazepines
Fentanyl test strip: Positive
Benzo test strip: Positive
Location purchased: Vancouver
What does this mean? 
Combining depressants such as opioids and benzodiazepines greatly increases your risk of overdose.

November 16, 2021 – Vancouver
Expected drug: Down or fentanyl
Appearance: Light purple and white chunks
Drug checking results: Fentanyl and flualprazolam
Fentanyl test strip: Positive
Benzo test strip: Positive
Location purchased: Vancouver
What does this mean? 
Combining depressants such as opioids and benzodiazepines greatly increases your risk of overdose.

November 3, 2021 – Vernon
Expected drug: Down or fentanyl
Appearance: Beige crystal
Drug checking results: Fentanyl and positive for benzodiazepines
Fentanyl test strip: Positive
Location purchased: Vernon
What does this mean? 
Combining depressants such as opioids and benzodiazepines greatly increases your risk of overdose.

November 2, 2021 – Vancouver
Expected drug: Cocaine
Appearance: White powder
Drug checking results: Flubromazepam
Fentanyl test strip: Negative
Location purchased: Unknown
What does this mean? 
Flubromazepam is a new benzodiazepine with limited information on its toxicity and effects.

November 2, 2021 – Kamloops
Expected drug: Ketamine
Appearance: White crystalline powder
Drug checking results: Methamphetamine
Fentanyl test strip: Negative
Location purchased: Kamloops
What does this mean? 
Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant with different effects than ketamine.

For past months' alerts, please refer to the past alerts page here 

 

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