Drug warning: Benzodiazepines (benzos)

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The Community Drug Strategy has received reports of an increase in Benzodiazepines. These can be powerful sedatives also known as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, clonazepam, Zylazine.

Benzos and opioids when taken together increase the risk of overdose and death.

Benzo toxicity/overdose may last for hours and look like:

Benzo toxicity on top of an opioid overdose might make a person unconscious for a long time.

How to respond to opioid overdose and benzo toxicity:

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. www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free

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This item was last modified on July 7, 2021