Drugs are tested for the presence of fentanyl. (Vancouver Coastal Health photo)

Drugs are tested for the presence of fentanyl. (Vancouver Coastal Health photo)

Vancouver Island overdose advisory extended for third week

Increased toxic drug supply found in community

The overdose advisory for a number of Vancouver Island communities has been extended for the third week in a row.

The advisories, which are issued for a seven-day period, have come out because of an increased toxic drug supply. The first advisory came out on April 13, and has been extended on both April 20 and 27.

Island Health collects data on overdoses and has seen an increase over the past few weeks, resulting in the advisory. Advisories have been issued for communities across Vancouver Island including Campbell River, Victoria, Nanaimo and the Comox Valley.

If you witness an overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately. Island Health also says to provide rescue breathing and to administer Naloxone.

More information on overdose prevention services can be found at the Island Health website. Island Health also listed https://getyourdrugstested.com/ as a resource for testing drug supply anonymously by mail.

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