On October 16 and 17 there has been in increase in ER presentations of overdoses in Surrey. Reports suggest that these overdoses have been connected to cocaine contaminated with an opioid like fentanyl.

Key messages for people who use substances:

  • Use less than you normally would
  • Try not to use alone, and if you do, have someone check on you
  • Stagger use with friends so someone can respond if needed
  • Know the signs of overdose (early signs may include unusual snoring, or taking less than 1 breath every 5 seconds)
  • Call 9-1-1 quickly when you notice something isn’t right (the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides immunity from simple possession charges for those who call 911 in the case of an overdose)
  • Provide breaths (every 5 seconds until the person regains consciousness or help arrives)
  • Get naloxone from these locations:

Key messages for organizations:

Please let us know through overdose@fraserhealth.ca if you receive any information about what people might be taking (colour, smell, consistency, packaging).  We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.