DEA sounds alarm over flesh-rotting drug 'tranq' in almost every state's ... trends now
Fentanyl laced with flesh-rotting cutting agent xylazine has seen a 'sharp increase' across the US, federal officials are warning.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says the powerful sedative, also known as ‘tranq’ or ‘tranq dope’, has now been detected in 48 of 50 states. Some fear it has already reached them all.
The agency’s administrator said the drug was making the current crisis — which has already sparked record deaths — even deadlier.
Xylazine is a powerful sedative that can effectively turn patients into zombies and leave them suffering from gaping sores. Overdoses with the drug are difficult to treat because it is not an opioid, making naloxone ineffective.
The DEA says xylazine has now been detected in 48 out of 50 states in the US. A study published in December and involving 60,000 US adult drug tests showed xylazine was detected in samples from most states (pictured above)
Anne Milgram, the agency's administrator, warned: 'Xylazine is making the deadliest drug threat our country has ever faced, fentanyl, even deadlier.
'DEA has seized xylazine and fentanyl mixtures in 48 of 50 states.
'The DEA laboratory system is reporting that in 2022 approximately 23 percent of fentanyl powder and seven percent of fentanyl pills seized contained xylazine.'
The agency did not say in its 'public safety announcement' in which states the drug had been detected.
But Dr Rahul Gupta, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, believes it has already reached all 50.
At the epicenter of the xylazine epidemic is Philadelphia, where the drug has made its way into the city's supply as a cheap and very potent cutting agent.
It is also cropping up in other cities along the east coast including New York, Massachusetts and Maine.
And is making headway along the west coast where last month it was linked to four fatalities in San Francisco, marking the first time authorities had found evidence of the drug in the city.
The DEA issued the alert over the rising use of xylazine in illicit drug supplies in a 'public safety alert'.
The release adds: 'The Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel in Mexico, using chemicals largely sourced from China, are primarily responsible for the vast majority of the fentanyl that is being