the past week several powders were analysed by the Dutch drug checking
service DIMS that were found to contain the dangerous substance atropine.
tested powder samples were cocaine or ketamine samples, contaminated with
atropine, submitted for testing in the region of Noord-Brabant.
the same time we also received information about at least three cases in the
region of Antwerp where atropine was detected in the urine of known cocaine
with atropine are characterised by the following symptoms: restlessness,
dilated pupils, dry skin, dry mouth, blurred vision, fever, panic,
confusion, hallucinations, decreased consciousness and epilepsy symptoms.
Respiratory depression and irregular heartbeats can result in fatal cases.
the moment we only received notifications for the region of Antwerp and The
Netherlands; however, it cannot be excluded that these contaminated drugs are
present in other regions in Belgium as well.
Belgium drug checking services are available at Modus Fiesta/Modus
Vivendi in Brussels.
would like to warn about this potential life-threatening contamination of
cocaine and/or ketamine. Please distribute this message in your networks.
cases where exposure to atropine is suspected, the Poison Center (https://www.antigifcentrum.be/; https://www.centreantipoisons.be;
070 245 245) can be contacted for more information about appropriate treatment.
The Dutch EWS message can be found here.
Dr. Apr. Peter
Coordinator Belgian Early Warning System on Drugs
DO Public Health&Surveillance, Drugs Program (BMCDDA)
Juliette Wytsmanstraat 14 | 1050 Brussels
T + 32 2 642 54 08 | F + 32 2 642 54 10 | GSM Wacht +32 475 84 68 16
Scientifique de Santé Publique
Wetenschappelijk Instituut Volksgezondheid
Scientific Institute of Public Health