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Health professionals claim that a dreadful “zombie drug” that “gruesomely disfigures people” and causes flesh to decay is spreading throughout Los Angeles.
According to Bill Bodner of the Drug Enforcement Administration, police are attempting to stop the “tranq” street drug in a race against time.
What is actually a “zombie drug”?
Veterinarians are permitted to use the drug, however it’s unsafe for humans to take and can result in flesh-rotting sores.
When combined with illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl, such as the sedative for animals known as xylazine, the substance can cause the skin and muscle to rot away.
Mr. Bodner remarked:
“It’s truly gruesomely disfiguring individuals.”
“The side effects of xylazine, a vasoconstrictor, make it considerably more likely to prevent someone from breathing. Therefore, when you inject it, it really decreases blood circulation,” Mr. Bodner told KTLA.
What’s the solution to such a problem?
After officials established that the chemical wasn’t unlawful, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office first launched a program to monitor how harmful the drug is.
Crime analysts first began to detect xylazine-related indicators in confiscated substances in mid-April, which is when the initiative got underway.
Before deciding how to react to the flesh-eating medicine, regulators must wait for the study to continue for another month.
DEA Administrator Anne Milgram described the situation as a “widespread threat,” adding that fentanyl, the greatest drug threat our nation has ever faced, is becoming more deadly because of xylazine.
In the US, the lethal drug is becoming more widespread. According to Ms. Milgram, “DEA has seized xylazine and fentanyl mixtures in 48 of 50 states.”
According to an FDA warning, there is no known antidote for xylazine overdose, the patient will not recover.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 107,735 Americans died between August 2021 and August 2022 as a result of medication poisoning.
In 66% of the fatalities, synthetic opioids like fentanyl were a factor.
Philadelphia is one of the US cities that has been most severely impacted by the xylazine problem. The National Institutes of Health found that the substance is to blame for a horrifying 26% of all overdose deaths in Pennsylvania.