Interior Health has issued an overdose alert in 100 Mile House.
Interior Health says an increase of fatal overdoses in 100 Mile House, some of which may be linked to a white powder substance. It is unknown if the white powder is a stimulant or an opioid. Interior Health says there is also a continued presence of benzodiazepine and fentanyl in the drug supply.
Interior Health recommends the following for those that use drugs:
- Avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol altogether
- Don’t use alone, leave the door unlocked and have someone check on you
- If you feel you must use while alone, consider the Lifeguard app which can connect you with 911 emergency responders in the event of an overdose.
- Test by using a small amount and go slow
- Carry a Naloxone kit and know how to use it
Know the signs of overdose and how to respond:
- Recognize the signs of an overdose: slow or now breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips/fingertips turning blue, difficult to rouse, non-responsice.
- Call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Open airway and give rescue breaths
- Give nalaxone if you have it
The alert will remain in effect until March 5th, 2021.