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Fake Xanax found in Surrey, more possibly ready for distribution: Fraser Health

Last Updated Jan 25, 2019 at 8:36 pm PDT

Xanax pills. (Source: Dean812, Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanslife/1269477821)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Fraser Health is putting out a warning after fake Xanax pills were found at a drug checking machine in Surrey.

The counterfeit drug is an opioid and it does respond to naloxone but won’t show up if you use a fentanyl test strip to check it.

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“It is not related to fenantyl so when people use fentanyl test strips to check their drugs, they will get a negative result. This may lead them to think their pill is a pharmaceutically-made drug and safe to use, which is incorrect,” reads the alert.

Drug alert issued by Fraser Health (Source: Fraser Health)

The health authority is warning there are reports there could be a large amount ready to be sold.

It’s asking people who use the drugs to make sure they don’t use alone, and to make sure you call 9-1-1 if you find someone else who is overdosing.

It also recommends to have someone check on you if you do use alone, and to stagger use with friends so someone can help if needed, as well as to not use with alcohol or drugs.