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Toxic drug alert issued in Vernon

A light purple substance sold as crack cocaine was found to contain fentanyl, benzodiazepines
Interior Health has issued a drug alert for the Vernon area Tuesday, June 27, 2023. (Interior Health photo)

A toxic drug alert has been issued for the Vernon area.

Interior Health is warning that a light purple substance sold as crack cocaine was found to contain fentanyl and benzodiazepines in Vernon.

These substances can cause a high risk of fatal overdose, prolongued sedation, amnesia and sleepiness.

Interior Health notes this drug may not respond to naloxone.

Consider these tips if you are going to use drugs:

• Find drug-checking locations at

• Be aware that benzodiazepine-induced sedation is not reversible by naloxone

• Be aware of risks if mixing with other drugs, including alcohol

• Use with others around or at an Overdose Prevention Site if available in your community (OPS)

• Start with a small amount and space out your doses

• Carry naloxone and know how to use it

• Get the Lifeguard app – which can connect you with 911 emergency responders if you overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play

• Call 211 or visit to find services near you

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About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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