EAST PEORIA, Ill. – Local nonprofit JOLT Harm Reduction identified fake Benzo bars made out of bath salts being distributed in East Peoria Tuesday.
The bars were pressed to look like Xanax, but upon testing, were discovered to be made of bath salts. JOLT program director Chris Schaffner warns that the effect of taking the drug are dangerous.
“When you are expecting to take a specific type of medication or a particular type of drug that you know has a reliable outcome every time you take it, and then you get something that’s pressed to look like it but does the exact opposite, that can be detrimental and even lead to death,” Schaffner said.
JOLT offers services to help prevent overdosing, like fentanyl test strips and overdose rescue kits with Narcan. They have also expanded their mobile outreach to surrounding counties.
“We just want people to stay safe, to not die and to reduce the risk of behaviors they’re engaged in,” Schaffner said.
For more information on JOLT, visit their website.