Island Health issues overdose advisory for Nanaimo

Island Health issues overdose advisory for Nanaimo

Island Health is warning that the number of overdoses is increasing in Nanaimo, and have issued an overdose/drug poisoning advisory for the city.

The health authority says injection and inhalation of opioids or stimulants both have an increased risk of overdose.

It advises that if someone overdoses, others should call 911 and stay with the person overdosing, administer naloxone, and give one breath every five seconds.


The health authority has resources and advice available on their website for people who use drugs.

Some advice includes to not use drugs alone and to use with a friend if possible.

In Nanaimo, the Canadian Mental Health Association – Mid-Island operates an overdose prevention site at 437 Wesley Street.

Island Health also advises to start with a small amount then wait to see how it feels before using more, and to only take one substance at a time.

The health authority says it is important to carry Naloxone when using drugs so it is available in the event of an overdose.


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