Island Health issues drug poisoning advisories for 2 Vancouver Island communities

Island Health issues drug poisoning advisories for 2 Vancouver Island communities
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Campbell River is pictured in this file photo.

Island Health has issued two drug poisoning/overdose advisories for communities on Vancouver Island.

On Wednesday, Island Health issued the warnings for Cowichan and Campbell River.

“Drug poisonings are increasing in Campbell River [and Cowichan],” the notices read.

“Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from inhalation and injection.”

Island Health recommends that people get their drugs checked, carry naloxone and know how to use it, or visit a local overdose prevention site.

If you’re using alone, Island Health says you should only use one substance at a time, and let someone know to check on you, or download the Lifeguard App or call the National OD Response Service at 1-888-688-6677.

Stagger use with a friend, and start low and go slow, says the health authority.

You can visit the Island Health website for more information on local substance use harm reduction services in your community.

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