Cocaine and ketamine found in New South Wales laced with life-threatening opioids


Cocaine and ketamine laced with life-threatening opioids as authorities issue major health warning

Health authorities issued an urgent warning after cocaine and ketamine were found laced with deadly opioids.

Potent opioids, including fentanyl and acetylfentanyl, have been found in drugs in parts of Sydney and the New South Wales region, and several people have had potentially life-threatening effects, NSW Health said.

He said the side effects of acetylfentanyl include drowsiness, slowed breathing, and loss of consciousness.

Health authorities after cocaine and ketamine were found with deadly opioids in Sydney and regional parts of New South Wales

Health authorities after cocaine and ketamine were found with deadly opioids in Sydney and regional parts of New South Wales

“It’s important for people to realize that overdoses can occur with very small doses of fentanyl-related substances,” he said.

“We have recently seen several people take acetylfentanyl unknowingly and have been associated with serious harm.

“If you have taken any drug and experience side effects, call Triple Zero immediately or seek emergency medical attention.”

Fentanyl is mainly used to treat severe pain, while acetyl fentanyl has similar effects but is not used medically.

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