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Overdose Alert: Terrace & Smithers

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Health Alert

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There has been an increase in overdose events in the communities of Terrace and Smithers. The reported substance is a deep blue crystal, sold as “heroin”. When cooked, the substance turns purple.

This substance is highly toxic and causes heavy nods, prolonged sedation and requires more naloxone to reverse. Overdoses are happening when the substance is smoked and injected.

For your safety:

  • Get overdose prevention, recognition, and response training; carry naloxone
  • Don’t use alone. Make a plan and tell a buddy who can call for help if needed
  • If you plan to use alone, use the Lifeguard or BeSafe app available free on the app store or on Toward the Heart website
  • Know your tolerance. If you are sick or had a time of abstinence or reduced use, use much less
  • Don't mix drugs or mix drugs with alcohol
  • Test a small amount first and go slow
  • Use in an OPS if possible (Terrace ICMT)
  • Access fentanyl drug checking where available (OPS sites) 
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number right away if someone overdoses

Local overdose prevention site (OPS):

Terrace Intensive Case Management Team (OPS)
101-4450 Grieg Ave, Terrace BC
Hours: Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm, holidays excluded
Phone: ICMT 250-631-4647