Island Health is issuing a drug poisoning and overdose advisory for Cowichan Valley after an increase in overdoses in the region.
The health authority says people using drugs face an increased risk from both injection and inhalation.
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If someone encounters a person overdosing, they are advised to call 911, administer naloxone, and give one breath every five seconds.
When using drugs, Island Health advises to not use alone, and stagger use with a friend so someone can respond if needed.
People in Duncan can attend the Lookout Housing & Health Society overdose prevention site at 5878 York Road.
It is also advised to start with a small amount of the drug, then wait to see how it feels before using more.
Island Health recommends not mixing substances, as mixing can increase the risk of overdose.