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Xylazine ("Tranq")

Xylazine, a non-opioid veterinary tranquilizer not approved for human use, has been linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths nationwide in the evolving drug addiction and overdose crisis. Studies show people exposed to xylazine often knowingly or unknowingly used it in combination with other drugs, particularly illicit fentanyl. Learn more below.

Video: Toxicity of Xylazine and How it Impacts People Who Use Drugs

Xylazine in the Drug Supply - National Harm Reduction Coalition

Wound Care and Medical Triage for People Who Use Drugs and the Programs that Serve Them - NASTAD

Massachusetts Drug Supply Stream: Community Drug Supply Alert

NEJM Article: Xylazine: Medical and Public Health Imperatives

Notes from the Field: Xylazine, a Veterinary Tranquilizer, Identified as an Emerging Novel Substance in Drug Overdose Deaths — Connecticut, 2019–2020

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