A new drug is becoming popular on the streets of Philadelphia, and it is deadly.
Xylazine, which is also known as “tranq” or “tranq dope,” is an animal tranquilizer that is not approved for human consumption. It first became popular in Puerto Rico but has made its way to Philadelphia, where it was found in 91% of drug samples.
Xylazine can be added to illegal fentynal or cocaine. Tranq causes users to fall asleep after intaking the drug, but it also causes slowed breathing and heart rate and reduces blood pressure. In combination with fentanyl or heroin, Tranq can increase the risk of death.
In fact, this has been reported in studies. Xylazine-related deaths increased from 1% in 2010 to 6.7% in 2020. The most recent data shows 107,000 deaths were caused by xylazine-laced drugs.
Since Tranq is a sedative, users are unconscious for six to eight hours, or even longer. The sedation can happen unexpectedly, which means a user could collapse while driving, outside, or in an isolated location. Depending on how they collapsed, they could sustain other injuries or be exposed to extreme weather elements such as snow or rain. In some cases, unconscious users could even be sexually assaulted without their knowledge.
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