Xylazine Drug Spreading

There is a new threat created by the drug industry. That drug is a dangerous animal tranquilizer called Xylazine. Xylazine is used as a sedative, analgesic, and muscle relaxant,

This sedative is commonly reserved for veterinarian use and is now an animal tranquilizer-which should not be used for human consumption. Discovered in 1962 by Farbenfabriken Bayer in Germany, the drug has now become a threat around the world, especially the United States.

Recently, Xylazine has made its way into California. This drug has been seen in a couple overdose deaths in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It has been seen to be in 23% of fentanyl powder and 7% in fentanyl pills, causing overdosing to be more of a risk. Although the drug isn’t particularly prevalent in any one area, statistics have shown a large amount of people who have died from overdosing. This results in xylazine being the main cause of many overdoses and death cases throughout California.

If someone does make the dangerous choice to take this drug, they will experience the side effects: slow heart rate ,blurred vision, central nervous system depression, staggering, slow breathing, breathing restriction, low blood pressure ,hypothermia ,high blood glucose levels, severe withdrawal symptoms, miosis, severe skin ulcerations, coma, and even death.

There has been an increasing number of overdoses and deaths nationwide. Xylazine is also added to different illicit opioids including fentanyl. Fentanyl has been a fatal problem in drug circulation and illegal distribution especially in 2023, as explained by many experts. While most of the recent overdoses and deaths are linked to both xylazine and fentanyl, they also include cocaine, heroin, and methadone.

In case someone has ingested Xylazine, experts suggest using naloxone to prevent the dangerous side effects. This is due to Xylazine being commonly combined with other opioids. If xylazine is not combined with any other opioid, then naloxone will not reverse the effects. Other than that there is no approved antidote for humans if they overdose on this drug.

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