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Harm reduction advice for people who use heroin

Nitazenes have been found on the drug market sold as a light brown/tan cloured powder. It has been sold as a 'new' substance as well as heroin without people knowing.

There is extra risk for people who use heroin at this time.

Whar are nitazenes?
‘Nitazenes’ are a type of synthetic opioid which have been recently found on the Irish heroin market, they are very new to the European drug market and there is very little known about some of them. Nitazene drugs were first developed in the 1950’s when scientists were trying to make safe painkillers, but they were never sold to the public because of how risky they are.

It is important to prepare with steps to try and keep yourself as safe as possible during this time. Always follow harm reduction advice and steps recommended by official HSE alerts and from your
local services.

Be in the know: drug supplies can change

Use less and wait

Consider treatment

Look out for the signs of overdose and don't wait to respond

An overdose won’t always look the same but some of the signs to look out for are:

Don’t be afraid to get medical help in an emergency


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