Penn restricts animal analgesics xylazine

States are increasingly looking to restrict access to animal tranquilizers that appear in illegal drug supplies and contribute to the growing number of human overdose deaths. Pennsylvania’s governor said Tuesday his administration would add xylazine to the state’s list of controlled substances, tightening regulations on the drug and allowing authorities to charge people who violate … Read more

Advocates call for more test kits for xylazine

With a powerful tranquilizer creeping into the illegal opioid supply in Canada and the United States, people who abuse opioids are looking for ways to test their medications before taking them. Harm reduction expert Shannon Hart said xylazine — also known as tranq — increased the likelihood of an overdose. “We’ve seen people drop like … Read more