A naloxone kit. Island Health has issued an overdose advisory for Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

A naloxone kit. Island Health has issued an overdose advisory for Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

Overdose advisory issued in Nanaimo

Island Health warns of increased risks around both injection and inhalation

The health authority is warning of an increase in drug overdoses in Nanaimo.

Island Health issued a drug poisoning and overdose advisory on Monday, Jan. 17 and the advisory will remain in effect for one week.

“Overdoses are increasing in Nanaimo,” the advisory warns. “Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from both injection and inhalation.”

Island Health reminds people that if someone overdoses, call 911, stay with them, give naloxone if available, and give one breath every five seconds.

The health authority suggests drug users visit Nanaimo’s overdose prevention site at 437 Wesley St. Drug users should consider taking a small amount first before a regular hit, and stagger use with a friend so someone can respond if needed. Mixing substances, including alcohol and prescription drugs, increases risks, Island Health says.

Those using alone should let someone know and ask them to check in. People using drugs alone can download the Lifeguard app at http://lifeguarddh.com or call the national overdose response service at 1-888-688-6677.

For more information about overdose prevention, visit www.islandhealth.ca/our-services/mental-health-substance-use-services/overdose-prevention-services.

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