What is the skin-rotting 'zombie drug'?

23 Feb 2023 • The catastrophic effects of xylazine, sometimes known as "tranq", are wreaking havoc in major US cities. The "zombie drug" can actually cause the user's skin to deteriorate. Fentanyl, an opiate that has ravaged America's youth, and Xylazine are combined to create Tranq. Xylazine is not a controlled substance; it is marketed as a veterinary drug and used as a sedative, analgesic and muscle relaxant. With repeated exposure, it can result in sedative-like symptoms such excessive tiredness and respiratory depression as well as open wounds that can quickly get severe. If left untreated, the crusty ulcerations, which can develop into dead skin called eschar, may require amputation.

Tranq is basically zombifying people's bodies. Until nine months ago, I never had wounds. Now, there are holes in my legs and feet," a 28-year-old young man named Sam told Sky News.

Hospitals rarely test for it with normal toxicology testing since "tranq" is not categorised as a controlled substance for either people or animals, leaving it in a perplexing and terrifying grey area. Source: Mint | Read full story

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