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  • Penticton - stimulants/uppers with opioidsNovember 15, 2019 • Posted by IH/MK

    There have been recent reports of opioid overdoses in the Penticton community after using what was believed to be a stimulant/upper (ex. amphetamines, methamphetamines etc.).

    For your safety:
     Get your drugs checked for the presence of fentanyl available at the SOWINS mobile outreach van. Call or text (250)809-7054. More info:
     Remember, smoking substances can still lead to overdose, take measures to prevent overdose.
     Avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together.
     Don’t use alone. Leave door unlocked. Tell someone to check on you.
     Test by using a small amount, then go slow.
     Carry a Naloxone kit and know how to use it.
     Use at an overdose prevention or supervised consumption site if one is near you.
    Know the signs of overdose and how to respond
     Recognize the signs of an OD: slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips/fingertips turning blue, difficult to rouse (awaken), non-responsive.
     Call 9-1-1 immediately
     Open airway and give rescue breaths
     Give naloxone (Narcan) if you have it.

    Naloxone Kits and Training available at: Martin St. Outreach-Primary Care Clinic - 117 - 437 Martin Street, Penticton Pathways Addictions Resource Centre - 1 - 996 Main Street, Penticton Penticton Health Centre - 160 - 740 Carmi Avenue, Penticton Snxastwilxtn Centre - 198 Outma Sqilxw Place, Penticton

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