Interior Health issues street-level drug alert for Kelowna and Vernon

An alert for street-level drugs has been issued for Kelowna and Vernon.

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Internal Health, which issued the alert Friday, says benzodiazepines have been found in several samples of street-level meth in those two Okanagan cities.

According to the IH, the drug is being sold as ‘side’ (meth) and appears as a colorless crystal. Possible effects of taking the drug include sleepiness, memory loss, altered thinking, delusions of security or abstinence, risky behavior, and passing out.

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“Naloxone will not reverse the effects of benzos,” warns Internal Health.

In addition, IH states that many types of benzos produce a stronger feeling when inhaled, and that taking multiple doses will cause more undesirable effects.

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