Biden Administration Declares Fentanyl Laced With Xylazine A Threat
The White House, Biden administration declares fentanyl laced with xylazine a threat on Wednesday. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice put out a report together about the dangers and worries about the drug.
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The White House,Biden administration declares fentanyl laced with xylazine a threaton Wednesday. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice put out a report together about the dangers and worries of the drug.
Government agencies say that xylazine is being found more and more in illegal drug mixtures, and it is also being found in a growing number of overdose deaths. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, xylazine is a pain reliever, muscle relaxant, and sleep aid that does not contain opiates.
It is only approved for use in the U.S. on animals. It is said that fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, and a number of other drugs are being mixed with xylazine.
When mixed with the powerful opioid fentanyl, a veterinary tranquilizer called xylazine is now seen as an "emerging threat" by the U.S. This means that more can be done to stop the spread of xylazine.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy made the announcement on Wednesday. This is the first time the office has used this category since it was created in 2019 for drugs that are becoming more dangerous quickly. Director of the Drug Policy Office Dr. Rahul Gupta said that xylazine is becoming more common in all parts of the country.
Xylazine, also called tranq or tranq dope, is being used illegally more and more, which has been linked to an increase in overdose deaths in the United States. From 2020 to 2021, the number of xylazine overdose deaths rose by more than 1,000% in the South, by more than 750% in the West, and by about 500% in the Midwest, according to a report from the US Drug Enforcement Administration that came out last year.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, who is in charge of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said that this is the first time in history that a government has said that a substance is becoming a threat to the country. The move was announced on Wednesday.
The SUPPORT Act of 2018 gave the office the power to declare these kinds of "emerging threats," but no administration has done so until now. Congress said that methamphetamine was a new drug threat last year, but no administration had said that before. Concerns like bioterrorism, infectious diseases, and climate change may be called "emerging threats" by other groups or in different situations.
People think that it is added to other drugs to make more money. Officials are trying to figure out how much of it is made illegally and how much is taken from veterinary uses.
The drug slows down the heart rate and breathing to the point where it can be fatal. It also causes skin abscesses and ulcers that can lead to amputation. Also painful is coming off of drugs. Even though it is often used with opioids like fentanyl and other illegal drugs made in labs, it is not an opioid. And nobody knows how to stop it.
Gupta said that his office needs $11 million as part of its budget to come up with a plan to stop the spread of the drug. Plans include making an antidote, finding out more about how it gets into illegal drug supplies so that it can be stopped, and figuring out if Congress should make it a controlled substance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between August 2021 and August 2022, 107,735 people in the United States died from drug poisoning. Of these deaths, 66% were caused by synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
The federal government says that deaths from xylazine overdoses have gone up in every part of the country in the past few years. A DEA report from last year said that between 2020 and 2021, the number of deaths linked to xylazine rose by more than 1,000% in the South, more than 750% in the West, and more than 500% in the Midwest.
The White House has said that the combination of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl with the animal tranquilizer xylazine, which is being used more and more in illegal drugs, is an "emerging threat" to the United States because it contributes to the ongoing opioid crisis. The threat is called FAAX, which stands for fentanyl-adulterated or linked xylazine.