Deadly New Street Drugs
There has been a startling rise in two new street drugs that are deathly.
The first is a synthetic opioid called nitazene. Nitazene is ten times stronger than fentanyl–and fentanyl is fifty times stronger than heroin. The Tennessee Department of Health recently published data showing a four-fold increase in overdoses connected to nitazene in the past two years.
Narcan is normally anecdotal for opioid overdoses, but officials are finding that it is not powerful enough to reverse a nitazene overdose. While multiple Narcan doses may revive the unconscious person, nitazene is often deadly.
The other street drug on the rise is xylazine, an animal sedative that has been found lacing illicit injectable drugs. It’s often referred to as “tranq” or “tranq dope.”
As a heavy-duty sedative, it’s not surprising that those who inject xylazine fall into a deep sleep, often for hours. While it’s dangerous enough to ingest this drug, it’s especially dangerous because the person could die from an inability to be roused once they become unconscious. For instance, they could hit their head and suffer a concussion or suffocate from falling onto a soft surface like their bed.
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“Tranq” Rising in Street Drug Use