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Fentanyl laced with animal tranquilizer 'emerging threat' in US

The White House now has 90 days to work on and release a comprehensive response after designating the mixture as an emerging hazard.

Fentanyl laced with animal tranquilizer 'emerging threat' in US
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The Biden administration warns that fentanyl laced with the animal tranquilizer xylazine is an "emerging threat" in the U.S.

The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy says the tranquilizer is increasingly being sold as synthetic opioids on the black market, and the mixture has turned up in nearly every state.

"DEA has seized xylazine and fentanyl mixtures in 48 of 50 states. The DEA Laboratory System is reporting that in 2022, approximately 23% of fentanyl powder and 7% of fentanyl pills seized by the DEA contained xylazine," the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a statement.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says while Narcan works against fentanyl, it cannot reverse xylazine's effects, and he is urging the DEA to send diversion control teams across the country to help fight its use.

"Xylazine is a deadly, skin-rotting zombie drug that's bringing a horrific wave of overdoses across the country and is spreading further," said Sen. Schumer.

The White House now has 90 days to work on and release a comprehensive response after designating the mixture as an emerging hazard.

According to the DEA, the majority of the fentanyl being trafficked across the United States is primarily produced by the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel in Mexico, utilizing ingredients predominantly supplied from China, and these drugs have led to more than half of the drug poisonings in the country.

US fighting fentanyl smuggling with new technology at southern border
US fighting fentanyl smuggling with new technology at southern border

US fighting fentanyl smuggling with new technology at southern border

New technology has cut down drug trafficking inspection time from 15 minutes to roughly 10 seconds at the at the Mariposa Port of Entry.

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