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People can’t even do drugs casually these days. Unless you are in DC, you can’t find cocaine that you can guarantee is not cut with fentanyl, and the fentanyl might well be cut with flesh-rotting zombie psychosis drugs.
Not that doing cocaine casually was ever a good thing, but it really didn’t used to be all that big of a deal, and is something that a lot of “normal people” would do at parties in college or whatever. If you choose to do that these days, you’re taking your life in your hands.
Melanie Cox’s mammoth sore had gotten worse – much worse.
It started as a hot, puffy spot between her thumb and index finger, where she’d been injecting heroin for nearly two decades.
But soon, the lesion bloated into a grotesque, brownish-green slug.
It wasn’t the heroin that had rotted Cox’s flesh away.
It was the animal sedative known as “tranq,” which has infected every facet of the drug game and left healthcare workers bewildered and addicts reeling from its shocking side effects.
“You could put my hand to your lips and feel the heat emanating,” the 51-year-old mother of three told The Post last week in Asbury Park as she dabbed at the gauzy wound. “It was eating my hand away under the skin.”
More and more similarly sickening stories are being reported across the country as xylazine — more commonly known by its street name “tranq” – slithers its way into bags of heroin, cocaine, and meth to strike unsuspecting users who don’t know that they’re snorting, shooting and smoking a consciousness-erasing, flesh-rotting drug.
A cheap cutting agent, xylazine has also worked its way into oft-abused pills like Xanax or other sedatives and painkillers, meaning that users who think they’re doing one drug are probably doing tranq also – whether they want to or not.
The so-called zombie drug’s omnipresence shocked the staff at the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group in Asbury Park, the first outfit in New Jersey to get tranq test strips about three months ago.
“Every single client shows [tranq] in their urine,” case manager Chad Harlan told The Post. “If they’re using drugs – they’re using tranq.”
The flesh-eating lesions aren’t the worst part – deaths linked to tranq have spiked in recent years.
In 2021, the rate of drug overdose deaths involving xylazine was 35 times higher than it was just three years earlier, according to a June report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Only about 102 people died after a tranq-related overdose in 2018, the CDC said. That number rose to 627 in 2019 — and by 2021, it had reached 3,468, according to the report.
Tranq was most frequently combined with fentanyl to create an epically deadly combination that the US Drug Enforcement Administration said puts users “at a higher risk of suffering a fatal drug poisoning.”
The drug can cause “severe sedation, low blood pressure and is also in and of itself addictive,” according to Dr. Ian Wittman, chief of service for the emergency department at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.
It hits users like a pipe to the head, leaving them in a state of lumbering semi-consciousness. Their odd contortions — combined with tranq’s tendency to rot the skin — have led many to call it the “zombie drug.”
Tranq holds other hidden dangers, too.
It’s not an opioid, so it doesn’t respond to naloxone, the overdose-reversal drug commonly known by its brand name Narcan. That means if someone overdoses, friends and family can’t revive them, said Lee McCully, a harm reductionist who also works with the nurse association in Asbury.
Tranq can also cause psychosis — a stark departure from drugs like heroin or fentanyl that can exacerbate existing mental illnesses, but won’t cause it on their own, McCully said.
Kinda funny that “drugs like heroin and fentanyl” are now for the reasonable people.
This is not a horror movie – this is a neighborhood in Philadelphia. Dead-eyed, lifeless people fill the sidewalks of the city’s Kensington area, thanks to an epidemic of Xylazine (AKA ‘Tranq’), a lethal sedative often mixed with heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine pic.twitter.com/1TrsyyEy2b
— RT (@RT_com) May 31, 2023
#LosAngeles‘ ‘zombie’ hell: Flesh-eating #drug ‘tranq’ takes over city’s streets as users with rotting skin are seen hunched over and spaced out – but officials say they can’t ban it because it’s legal pic.twitter.com/VN46F84GmB
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