A new street d**g that is being marketed in Philadelphia, the epicenter of America’s opioid crisis, has doctors baffled. Public health experts are disturbed by its spread and worry about the horrific wounds it causes in its users’ bodies.
The latest dangerous poison to hit town is xylazine, popularly known as “tranq,” “tranq dope,” and “zombie d**g.” The medicine produces sedative-like side effects, including profound drowsiness and respiratory depression, which are characterized by use and result in videos of persons who are unable to stand.
The compound was used to cut heroin, but more recently, it has been found in fentanyl and other illegal substances. It appears to first appear in Philadelphia before moving west to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Xylazine, a non-opioid permitted for veterinary use by the Food and D**g Administration, is unsafe for human consumption, and those who overdose on it do not respond to naloxone, also known as Narcan, the most widely used overdose reversal medication.
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With repeated exposure, xylazine can result in sedative-like symptoms such as excessive tiredness and respiratory depression as well as open wounds that can quickly develop severely. If left untreated, the crusty ulcerations, which can develop into dead skin called eschar, may require amputation. “Tranq” falls into a perplexing and scary grey area because it is not recognized as a prohibited substance for humans or animals; hospitals hardly ever test for it with regular toxicology testing.
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Tranq essentially turns individuals into zombies. I had never suffered any wounds before nine months ago. Today, my legs and feet have holes in them, Sam, a 28-year-old male, told Sky News. Because xylazine acts as a tranquilizer, higher doses entirely knock users out.
Fentanyl cut with xylazine may lead users to pass asleep and wake up many hours later, in contrast to opioids’ blissful semi-awakeness. Anyone who uses d**gs in this way increases their risk of becoming hurt, such as from a vehicle accident or a s*xual assault.
Since “tranq” is not classified as a prohibited substance for either people or animals, leaving it in a puzzling and terrifying grey area, hospitals rarely test for it using standard toxicology testing. The psychoactive effects of substances are enhanced when combined with xylazine, boosting the enjoyment of d**g use.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers and sellers frequently use synthetic d**gs. New formulations, enable extending the market reach and revenue through lower-cost methods of producing products with high potencies.