B.C. Health Officials Issue Warning About Drug Putting People in 'Zombie-Like' State

Travis Fortnum
04/23/2019

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Health officials in the B.C. Interior are issuing a warning about a synthetic drug putting people in a "zombie-like" state.

The drug is sometimes referred to as "K2", "spice", "kronic" or "fake weed".

Interior Health says street drugs found in Kamloops, which authorities described as "beige pebbles," tested positive for both fentanyl and a synthetic cannabinoid called AMB-FUBINACA. 

"In high doses AMB-FUBINACA can look like an opioid overdose but will not respond to naloxone," the health authority says in the warning.

According to health officials, AMB-FUBINACA can be anywhere from 30 to 500 times more potent than THC, the chemical primarily responsible for the psychoactive effects of pot.

"For your safety, please take additional precautions," Interior Health said.

Officials urge anyone using drugs to always have a sober friend present and to call 911 immediately if they think they're having a bad reaction.

Interior Health also recommended drug users begin by testing a small amount and the go slow from there. 

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