Penticton Drug Alert

Interior Health – Penticton

Drug samples in Penticton have been found to contain a higher than average amount of fentanyl and benzodiazepines. In this case, Etizolam was the benzo detected.

The samples have been sold as “down” or fentanyl –  usually in a darker purple chunky texture.


High risk of overdose with severe complications including death.  Substances containing benzodiazepine can cause prolonged sedation (several hours).

Overdose response:

Naloxone does not work on Benzos, BUT naloxone will work on the opioid overdose symptoms.  After giving breaths and naloxone, the person may begin breathing normally, but may not wake up. More doses of naloxone should only be given if the person is not breathing normally (less than 10 breaths a minute). If the person is breathing normally but remains unconscious, place in recovery position and stay with them until emergency services arrive.

No matter what or how you use (smoking, snorting, injecting) take steps to prevent overdose

  • Know the risks when mixing drugs
  • If you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app which can connect you with 911 emergency responders if you overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.   
  • When using your substance start with a small amount, and then go slow.
  • Use with others or at an Overdose Prevention or Supervised Consumption Site, if one is near you.
  • Know how to respond to an overdose – call 911, give rescue breaths and naloxone.


Here is a link to download a printable version of this poster.

Where can I get my drugs checked in Penticton?

ASK Wellness Society in collaboration with Interior Health is hosting a FTIR Spectroscopy which will be operate five days a week. This means, our community has access to in-depth drug checking as a harm reduction tool. To ensure success of the program and uptake in the community, the FTIR will be available in the community two times a week for in-person testing (using COVID safety measures).

  • Mondays at Victory Shelter (starting Nov 8)
  • Wednesdays at Compass House and Martin St. Outreach Centre (starting Nov 3)
  • Sunday-Thursday Burdock House (for clients only due to COVID)

Sample drop-off locations are also available at Victory shelter, Compass House, Martin St. Outreach Centre, Burdock House and SOWINS Centre.

Drug checking results will be posted weekly to ASK Wellness Society Penticton Facebook page. 

A special thank you to the UBCO HaRT team who supported community based FTIR testing in Penticton over the last year.  The HaRT team will continue to be providing FTIR services to Foundry Penticton on the last Friday of the month. 

FTIR Penticton poster – help spread the word!