Sudbury officials warn of powerful sedative circulating in community
The Community Drug Strategy in Greater Sudbury has received reports of an increase in a powerful sedative called Benzodiazepines (Benzos).
"These can be powerful sedatives also known as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, clonazepam (and) Zylazine," the group said in a news release Wednesday.
"Benzos and opioids when taken together increase the risk of overdose and death."
Benzo toxicity/overdose may last for hours and look like:
• Extreme sleepiness or passing out
• Poor balance and movement control
• Slurred speech
• Blackouts and memory loss
Benzo toxicity on top of an opioid overdose might make a person unconscious for a long time, the groups said.
How to respond to opioid overdose and benzo toxicity:
• Give Naxalone. This will help reverse the opioid overdose. This may improve breathing, but the person may not regain consciousness due to sedation from benzos.
• Call 911 to get medical help and keep monitoring their breathing.
For a free naloxone kit, contact The Point at Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Réseau Access Network, Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY) or ask your local pharmacist.
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