Heroin sold as ketamine in Auckland region
Heroin has been found in a white powder that was sold as ketamine in the Auckland region.
How to identify the drug
- White powder
This notification is to let you know that heroin has been found in a white powder that was sold as ketamine in the Auckland region. People who consume this powder thinking it's ketamine are at high risk of experiencing serious harm, including death.
It is believed this powder is present in Auckland and possibly other regions. The concern is that this substance may continue to be sold as ketamine. It's important to never assume that what you have is the same as what you are being told it is. Misrepresentation can occur anywhere along the supply chain.
High Alert urges extreme caution should you choose to take white powders and testing is recommended to help minimise the risk. Drug checking services can identify when a substance isn't what it's been sold as - find upcoming clinics at The Level. It's free, legal and confidential.
If you or someone you know take this substance and start to lose consciousness or breathe slowly, call 111 immediately. Tell them what you think has been taken and that it could be an opioid overdose.
Naloxone can be used to help reverse an opioid overdose. Given the potency and duration of effect, any person administered naloxone should continue to be monitored for at least 2 hours and followed up by medical services.
The National Poisons Centre is available 24/7 to help members of the public and healthcare professionals with clinical advice for exposures to this, or any other substance - please call 0800 764 766 (0800 POISON).
Are you concerned about your own drinking or drug taking? Reach out to the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, or text 8681. You'll be able to speak with a trained counsellor who can provide you with helpful information, insight and support. They’re available 24/7, all calls are free and confidential.
You can also chat to the Alcohol Drug Helpline team online through the website, or:
- Call the Māori Line on 0800 787 798 for advice and referral to kaupapa Māori services.
- Call the Pasifika Line on 0800 787 799 for advice and referral to services developed for Pacific people.
- Call the Youth Line on 0800 787 984 for advice and referral to services for young people.