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Health professionals and service providers have an important role to play in harm reduction. This area contains resources and other information to help those on the front line and beyond.


  • VCH - Drug Alert - VancouverSeptember 26, 2022 • Posted by Vancouver Coastal Health

    White granules sold as fentanyl tested positive for fentanyl and xylazine, a muscle relaxant, in Vancouver. Check your drugs:

  • VCH - Drug Alert - VancouverSeptember 26, 2022 • Posted by Vancouver Coastal Health

    Light brown crystals sold as MDMA tested positive for MDMA and TFMPP, a psychoactive substance that may cause agitation and anxiety, in Vancouver.

  • Interior Health - Drug Poisoning Alert - Entire Interior Health RegionSeptember 26, 2022 • Posted by Interior Health

    ***Drug Poisoning Alert - ENTIRE INTERIOR HEALTH REGION - September 26, 2022***

    Interior Health has issued a Drug Poisoning Alert for the entire Interior Health Region. Based on the cluster of drug toxicity deaths in Central Okanagan (Central Okanagan) as well as concerning drug checking findings such as consistent benzodiazepine presentations, higher then average concentration of Fentanyl, and multiple findings of Xylazine in Cranbrook.


    Many of the recent drug toxicity deaths/overdoses have involved inhalation or smoking of substances.

    Please ensure your clients are aware of safer drug use tips that can help prevent overdose as well as where they can access naloxone, drug checking and other overdose prevention services in your community. 

    No matter what or how you use (smoking, snorting, injecting) take steps to prevent overdose

    • Check your drugs before using! Whether using take home fentanyl testing strips or accessing FTIR technicians in your area, drug checking can inform you about what is in your drugs.
    • Crush your drugs into fine powder: Doing so reduces the chance of hot-spots, which are spikes of concentrated fentanyl in the dope.
    • Be a buddy: Help a friend by being around while they are using. Stagger use if you are using together.
    • Smoking is not safer than injecting, be cautious when smoking your drugs
    • Know the risks when mixing drugs
    • When using your substance start with a small amount, and then go slow.
    • Know the signs of an overdose and be prepared with naloxone.
    • If you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app which can connect you with 911 emergency responders if you overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.   
    • Use with others or at an Overdose Prevention or Supervised Consumption Site, if one is near you.
    • Know how to respond to an overdose - call 911, give rescue breaths and naloxone.

  • VCH - Drug Alert - RichmondSeptember 23, 2022 • Posted by Vancouver Coastal Health

    Round pink tablet with imprint "6" seized in Richmond found to contain fluclotizolam, a benzo analog more toxic than etizolam. May cause sedation. Don't use alone.

  • VCH - Drug Alert - VancouverSeptember 21, 2022 • Posted by Vancouver Coastal Health

    ***Drug Alert - VANCOUVER - September 21, 2022***

    VCH has issued a drug alert for the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (DTES) after colourless crystal sold as METH tested positive for BENZOS. 

    No matter what or how you use (smoking, snorting, injecting) take steps to prevent overdose:

    - Check your drugs:

    - Be aware of increased risk if mixing with other drugs, including alcohol

    - Use with others around or at an OPS

    - Carry naloxone and know how to use it. Learn more on Toward the Heart

    - Download the Lifeguard app

    - Call 211 or visit to find services near you


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