Xylazine: Expert view on risk of lethal substance in Canada’s street drug supply – CTV

March 27, 2023

Another harmful substance is spreading within Canada’s unregulated street drug supply and, without more aggressive intervention from policymakers, one expert says a growing number of people could be at risk of serious illness, injury or death.

Xylazine is a potent veterinary tranquillizer used in large animals, such as horses, but not approved for use in humans. Known on the street as “tranq dope” or “zombie drug,” it is increasingly being used as an additive in opioids due to its ability to prolong their effects. However, it can also cause extended blackouts, and severe abscesses that sometimes lead to amputation.

Hayley Thompson, project manager at Toronto Drug Checking Service, says most people sickened by xylazine are unknowingly exposed via contaminated fentanyl, meaning victims often experience the effects of both drugs at once.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/xylazine-expert-view-on-risk-of-lethal-substance-in-canada-s-street-drug-supply-1.6330419

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