Drug warning: New suspected substance—pink cocaine

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The Community Drug Strategies have received reports of an increase in the number of unexpected reactions from the use of substances in the Sudbury and districts area.

While we cannot confirm the specific substance(s) responsible for the recent reactions, we have reports that the drug in question may have been “pink cocaine”, or “tucibi (2CB)”. This drug is often a mix of ketamine, MDMA, methamphetamines, cocaine, opioids, and new psychoactive substances. Because this unregulated substance contains both stimulants and depressants, symptoms may vary based upon experience with the components and the amount of each substance in the supply.

An overdose occurs when a person uses a substance, and their body is unable to handle the effects. As a result, the brain is unable to control basic life functions. The person might pass out, stop breathing, or experience a seizure. Overdoses can be fatal and non-fatal.

Prevent overdoses to save lives:

Opioid overdose symptoms include:

Stimulant overdose symptoms include:

Due to benzodiazepines (benzos) toxicity, an overdose may last for hours and look like:

How to respond to an overdose:

Weather considerations:

Given the heat warning issued for Sudbury and Manitoulin districts for Monday, June 17, 2024 people who use drugs and unhoused people may be at increased risk for heat-related illnesses. People who are exposed to or are using hallucinogens such as molly/MDMA or pink cocaine are at an even higher risk of heat-related illness due to their dehydrating effects.

Tips to prevent heat-related illness:

Where to get naloxone?

For a free naloxone kit, contact The Point at Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Réseau Access Network, or ask your local hospital or pharmacy. Or, visit www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free.

Be cautious if using drugs and please distribute this information widely to help save lives.

This item was last modified on June 18, 2024