Nitazenes are synthetic opioids, known for their potent nature. They pose a significant risk of overdose, hospitalization, and even death. Since January 2023, WEDINOS received seven samples bought under the belief they were acquiring heroin. Testing confirmed they contained nitazene(s).

Reducing Harm:

  • Dose Low, Go Slow: Start with a small amount and gradually increase to minimize risks.
  • Avoid Mixing: Refrain from combining substances to reduce the risk of overdose.
  • Get Your Drugs Tested: Understand what you're taking by utilizing testing services.
  • Don't Use Alone: Always have a trusted companion present.
  • Buy from Someone You Know: Purchasing online may pose greater risks.
  • Don't Use at the Same Time: Take turns to ensure safety.

Recognising an Overdose:

Look out for signs like non-responsiveness, shallow breathing, pale and clammy skin, snoring, blue lips, and a low pulse.


  • Place the person in the recovery position.
  • Dial 999 and request an ambulance; stay with the person.
  • Use Naloxone; multiple doses may be necessary.


To find out what's in your drugs, testing is crucial. You don't have to provide a sample of your drugs; we can use your old paraphernalia, such as a used cooker or baggie. To get your drugs tested, take your old equipment or a sample to your nearest drug and alcohol service.

Your safety is paramount. Stay informed, stay safe.