Urgent warning as ‘flesh-eating’ drug for animals has been linked to thousands of overdose deaths in the US

A MEAT-EATING drug normally used to calm animals has been linked to thousands of overdose deaths across the country.

Experts have warned that the substance known as xylazine has been laced into drugs like fentanyl and heroin.

A drug commonly used in horses has been linked to thousands of overdose deaths across the country

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A drug commonly used in horses has been linked to thousands of overdose deaths across the countryPhoto credit: randlab.com
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Dealers have laced the drug known as “Tranq” with heroin and fentanyl. (Pictured: A street in Philadelphia littered with heroin users)Photo credit: Getty

Xylazine is used as a sedative and is said to reduce pain in animals and treat conditions such as colic, according to Equimed.

However, the drug known as “Tranq” is not approved for human use.

The drug can be snorted, smoked, or ingested, and unscrupulous dealers have been known to mix it with substances like heroin and fentanyl.

Fentanyl is believed to be 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

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Common side effects of xylazine use include drowsiness and slow breathing, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.

Experts have warned that if ingested, the drug can cause blood levels to drop to dangerously low levels.

Xylazine overdose deaths have risen in recent years, shocking data shows.

CDC experts have revealed that drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania rose from 2 percent to 26 percent between 2015 and 2020.

In 2019, 70 out of 1,200 accidental overdose deaths reported in Connecticut were positive for xylazine.

And 76 cases out of 666 overdose deaths in the state were linked to “Tranq” between January and July 2020.

Meanwhile, according to a study of drug and alcohol addiction in 10 areas of Philadelphia, xylazine was linked to 6.7 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2020, compared to 0.36 percent in 2015.

Tranq user Sam Brennan told VICE in March of this year that the drug is more potent than fentanyl.

She said, “This tranq is intense. You feel like you’re literally dying.”

Brennan admitted the drug “eats up her skin” as it left lesions on her leg.

Some users had to have amputations after the infections got worse.

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And experts fear that infections could cause sepsis.

A man who had severe blisters on his ankle described the pain he was experiencing as the “worst”.

However, experts have said that the drug masks the pain for a period of time due to its sedative effects.

Pharmacologist Claire Zagorski of the University of Texas at Austin told DPM, “In some cases — at least to my knowledge — people have sat hunched over a doorstep for so long that it cut off blood flow to their legs.”

She warned that in some cases, limbs had become discolored due to the lack of blood flow.

Narcan is commonly given to reverse the effects of an overdose.

The drug is often given every two to three minutes and is designed to help improve a person’s breathing if it has slowed down after a suspected overdose.

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But narcan or naloxone will not work in situations where a person has overdosed on Tranq.

UCLA’s Joseph Friedman described xylazine as “scary,” adding, “I think [it] is becoming more and more common, which has really serious side effects for humans.”

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