‘Harmful’ opioids present in illicit medicine verify

STRONG opioids have been detected in illicit tablets being offered in Canberra as “oxycodone”.

ACT Well being says Metonitazene, a potent artificial opioid, has been detected in a pill examined on the CanTEST Well being and Drug Checking Service.

“The artificial opioid has been detected in tablets that had been offered as ‘oxycodone’,” says ACT Well being.

“The tablets had been round and yellow in color, with no markings or stamps. This drug warning doesn’t apply to any oxycodone tablets supplied on prescription by means of a pharmacy or a healthcare service.

“Metonitazene is a potent artificial opioid of the nitazene class. Nitazenes might be as robust, or stronger than fentanyl. NSW Well being have just lately issued a public drug warning for ‘Heroin’ discovered to comprise nitazenes.”

Individuals who have taken nitazenes might expertise an overdose.

Overdose signs embody:

  • sluggish respiration/loud night breathing
  • drowsiness
  • lack of consciousness
  • pores and skin turning blue or gray.

“Naloxone can quickly reverse an overdose from nitazenes. For those who see the warning indicators of an overdose, search assist by calling 000. Stick with the particular person, and on the telephone with the operator till the ambulance arrives. Use naloxone when you’ve got it, nonetheless name 000 even when naloxone has been given,” says ACT Well being.

”Naloxone is a simple to make use of life-saving medication that may quickly reverse an opioid overdose. It’s obtainable free to individuals who might expertise, or witness, an opioid overdose. Naloxone is accessible within the ACT from CanTEST, by means of the Civic and Woden Needle and Syringe Packages, over-the-counter at some pharmacies, or by means of contacting CAHMA on 02 6253 3643 or [email protected]

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“The danger of overdose is elevated for individuals who use medicine when they’re alone, use medicine once more after a break and when totally different medicine are blended. Alcohol, benzos and opioids are very harmful to mix.

”Any use of illicit medicine pose a threat to well being. The sudden results of this explicit substance may very well be extraordinarily harmful, which is why ACT Well being has issued this alert.

“Individuals in possession of any yellow tablets offered to them as ‘oxycodone’ must be conscious that they may trigger hurt if taken. For those who suspect you’re in possession of this substance, you need to safely eliminate the drug. Fentanyl check strips are unable to detect nitazene opioids.”


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Ian Meikle, editor