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Fraser Health issues overdose warning for Surrey

Clear and light pink crystals sold as methamphetamine tested positive for fentanyl, benzodiazepines

Fraser Health issued an overdose alert about drugs being sold in Surrey.

On Oct. 25, the health agency issued the alert about clear and light pink crystals being sold as methamphetamine that contain high levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

“People may face increased risk of overdose from injection, inhalation and ingestion,” the warning stated.

“If someone overdoses: call 9-1-1 and stay with them. Give one breath every five seconds. Give naloxone. Please look out for each other,” it continued.

The warning also listed tips for safe drug use, as well as links to local harm reduction services and how to get your drugs checked.

The alert was posted online and sent via text using the Toxic Drug and Health Alerts System, which is managed by BC Centre for Disease Control.

Text notifications are sent to subscribers who want timely information about illicit substances and increases in toxic drug poisonings in their region, the health authority says.

To subscribe, text JOIN to 253787 (ALERTS).

READ MORE: New toxic-drug alert system rolls out in Fraser Health region using text messages

-With files from Tricia Weel

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Anna Burns

About the Author: Anna Burns

I started with Black Press Media in the fall of 2022 as a multimedia journalist after finishing my practicum at the Surrey Now-Leader.
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