FDA cracks down on animal tranquilizer as overdose deaths and amputations soar
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now ban the importation of the animal tranquilizer xylazine.
Drugs known as “trank” on the street have infiltrated much of the nation’s supply of fentanyl and heroin.
This is done to increase the height but causes large, nasty wounds and leaves people stumbling around in a zombie-like state.
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Advocates say the move by the FDA is a step in the right direction, but tronc is already linked to thousands of overdose deaths and amputations across the country.
Fox News saw the horrific aftermath in Philadelphia, including people shooting on nearly every block.
Xylazine is strong enough to sedate a horse and the effects on humans can be fatal.
Users tell Fox News that it is mixed with street drugs like fentanyl and heroin.
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“When it was real heroin, no one got ulcers or wounds like that. But Xylazine is a tranquilizer that keeps animals like elephants down. I mean, an elephant weighs tons and I only weigh 150 pounds. is,” says one user.
The FDA’s new warning will allow its field teams to closely monitor the importation of all drugs containing xylazine.
Xylazine is not a controlled substance.
The DEA is working to change that — just as the FDA is trying to make changes to ensure the drug is only used on animals.
The FDA’s new warning will allow its field teams to closely monitor the importation of all drugs containing xylazine and conduct inspections to ensure that shipments of the drug are properly labeled.
If they are not, the FDA will stop the shipment.
Advocates are warning that when the government controls one deadly substance, others emerge.
You don’t have to look far to see Tranq’s impact, as the drug has been found in almost every major city.
Now, advocates are warning that when the government gets hold of one deadly substance, others just pop up.
“When we really focused on heroin and tried to stop heroin trafficking — the criminal drug market introduced illegal fentanyl into the supply,” said Sarah of Savage Sisters Recovery, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia. says Laurel.
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“Then, we hyper-focused on it — and now we have xylazine.”
The DEA wants to make Xylazine a controlled substance, which means the government will control everything from manufacturing to distribution.
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However, this has not happened yet.
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