A dangerous drug known as "tranq" that has been fueling America's opioid crisis is facing a potential ban in the UK. The horse sedative Xylazine, which is mixed with heroin or lab-made drugs like Fentanyl, has been linked to a zombie-like state and increased risk of overdose. Ministers are seeking to classify it as a Class A drug to prevent the epidemic from spreading to the UK. The drug has already caused havoc in parts of LA and Philadelphia, leading to crime-ridden areas and the need for amputations due to flesh rot.
Xylazine's Deadly Effects and Presence in the UK
The use of Xylazine, also known as "tranq," has resulted in a plethora of devastating effects in the US. When mixed with heroin or lab-made drugs like Fentanyl, it intensifies the user's high and induces a zombie-like state. Additionally, it increases the risk of overdose and leads to the rotting of human flesh, often requiring amputations. Shockingly, there is evidence that this deadly drug has made its way to the UK, with at least one death linked to its use. Experts warn that Xylazine poses a clear danger to drug users in the UK and urge expanding access to testing to mitigate its health harms.
Government's Proactive Response and Potential Ban
Policing minister Chris Philp has taken action by writing to the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, seeking their recommendation on whether to control Xylazine. The UK government is determined to be proactive in assessing the harms of this drug and preventing its spread in the country. Dr. Caroline Copeland, director of the national program on substance abuse deaths, stresses the need to expand testing to reduce the impact of Xylazine's health dangers. However, some experts argue that there is no evidence of Xylazine being diverted from animal supplies in the UK.
Crackdown on Synthetic Opioids and Border Security
In addition to the potential ban on Xylazine, the UK government is set to make 11 forms of synthetic opioids Class A drugs early next year. This move demonstrates their commitment to combating the threat posed by illicit synthetic drugs. The government is also heightening border security to prevent the entry of these dangerous substances. A Home Office spokesperson emphasized the importance of protecting the public from the devastating impact of drug abuse and ensuring the safety of the nation.
It is crucial to note that controlled drugs can still be used in healthcare, but with specific prescription regulations, including those for veterinary purposes.
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