The “zombie drug” Xylazine is a non-opioid veterinary tranquilizer that is now a crises that is killing more people in St. Louis and across the nation. This new recreational drug is known by other names, such as “tranq,” “tranq dope,” and “horse tranquilizer.”
Data at the Missouri DHSS show a sharp increase in Xylazine involved deaths in Missouri from 39 deaths in 2021 to 109 deaths in 2022, a 180% increase.
Xylazine is mostly used to add to fentanyl and heroin to increase profits. It’s cheap and can be purchased online with no prescription since it’s not a controlled substance.
Xylazine $6-$20 per Kilo
Fentanyl $40k – $45k per Kilo
Xylazine is a powerful sedative that can cause a number of dangerous side effects, including respiratory depression, low blood pressure, and seizures.
Here are some of the effects of xylazine on the human body:
- Respiratory depression
- Low blood pressure
If you think you or someone you know has overdosed on xylazine, call 911 immediately.
Here are some of the things you can do to help prevent the spread of xylazine:
- Talk to your children about the dangers of xylazine and other drugs.
- Educate yourself about the signs of drug use.
- Be aware of the places where xylazine is being sold.
- Report any suspicious activity to the authorities.
We can all play a role in preventing the spread of xylazine and other drugs. By working together, we can make our communities safer.