XYLAZINE: ZOMBIE DRUG PROVIDES A WAKEUP CALL FOR THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE
Keywords:Xylazine, Veterinary tranquilizer, Drug abuse, Public health, Morbidity, Overdose prevention
Xylazine, the “Zombie Drug, is a scheduled class 3 controlled substance authorized for veterinary use. However, it is now increasingly being used as an adulterant with opioids to intensify their effect. The drug’s ready availability and addictive potential have made it popular among drug users. In our article we have portrayed the implications of Xylazine abuse and the need to be proactive in safeguarding against its abuse. Recent reports have shown a surge in Xylazine use in major cities in the United State causing to emerge as a public health threat. Symptoms include skin ulcerations, rotting, limb amputations, and blackouts. With no readily available antidote, effort must be taken to get the drug off the streets and prevent overdoses. There is a need for rigorous action, increase in budget and personnel to begin to overcome this rapidly rising public health threat.