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Flesh-Rotting “Zombie Drug” Xylazine Now Infecting Cocaine Supply

Flesh-Rotting “Zombie Drug” Xylazine Now Infecting Cocaine Supply

Doctors scramble to treat patients with devastating necrotic wounds as Biden Administration asks the CDC and FDA to come up with a plan to deal with the crisis in 60 days.

The last time I reported on xylazine, the horse tranquilizer that is now being mixed with fentanyl, overdoses associated with the potentially lethal mixture were exploding.

Now The New York Post is reporting that the “zombie drug” is now infecting cocaine supplies. The story of a 40-year-old NYC businessman shows that fentanyl users aren’t the only ones who are being sold tainted drugs.

The 40-something-year-old from Massapequa Park, a tony suburban village on Long Island, had dabbled in cocaine now and again, but nothing harder.

But his toxicology report painted a far different picture: His blood was rife with fentanyl and xylazine — the animal sedative known as “tranq,’’ which is now not only infecting hardcore addicts but also recreational drug users by slithering into the cocaine supply.

…“We’ve seen an increase in street-level distribution of cocaine-xylazine mixture[s],” Frank Tarentino, the special agent in charge of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division, told The Post.

“It’s widespread. And it’s getting worse.”

The agency has found that about 15% of all drugs tested in its Northeast regional laboratory include xylazine, Tarentino said.

Xylazine is most prevalent in the American Northeast and has been identified in illicit drug samples in 48 states. Xylazine use appears to injure blood vessels in the skin, leading to the death of skin tissue and the development of slow-healing or non-healing (“necrotic”) wounds.

Doctors are scrambling to develop techniques to heal the devastation to addicts they are now treating. Doctors Jessica O’Neil and Steven Kovach at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently shared their experiences with Newsweek.

“In our experience, a small wound can heal with cessation of injection, cleaning of the wound and supportive wound care,” the doctors said. “Even small wounds though can take several weeks to heal and can leave significant scars.”

“A large, deep wound with superimposed infection may require a combination of antibiotics and surgery to remove dead tissue and close the wound with a skin graft or flap. We have also unfortunately observed a small number of people who have had such extensive tissue death and infection that they have undergone amputation of limbs.”

O’Neill and Kovach said they had worked with several people who had successful healing of their wounds, including those with large, deep wounds requiring extensive surgeries.

“Successful treatment of this condition requires a team of specialists including plastic surgeons, dermatologists, infectious disease doctors, wound care specialists. And most importantly, addiction medicine specialists and social workers to support people through withdrawal, initiate substance use disorder treatment and connect them to resources for their ongoing care,” they said.

But not to worry! A couple of weeks ago, the Biden administration unveiled a plan to eliminate the growing threat of fentanyl-laced with xylazine.

The plan directs several federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Food and Drug Administration, to expand access to testing, prevention and overdose recovery resources. It also aims to disrupt the illegal xylazine supply chain, among other efforts.

Those agencies must develop and submit an implementation report to the White House in 60 days.

I am sure the CDC and FDA plans will be as successful as their last contain-and-control measures.

Meanwhile, illegal drugs — contaminated and otherwise — continue to flow into the nation at astonishing rates.

The crew members of the United States Coastguard Cutter Margaret Norvell (WPC-1105) and Customs Border Patrol successfully offloaded a substantial haul of illegal drugs in Miami, Monday. The seized contraband included over 717 pounds of cocaine and 2,640 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value exceeding $12 million.


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2smartforlibs | August 4, 2023 at 3:02 pm

When Fentanyls not fast enough.

E Howard Hunt | August 4, 2023 at 3:12 pm

Why is this a CRISIS that must be responded to? “Tranq” is not finding its way into prescription drugs, but in illegal street drugs. Let the users face the consequences. Medical aid, such as can reasonably be given, by all means provide, but don’t turn hospitals inside out to baby street scum.

    Concise in reply to E Howard Hunt. | August 4, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Maybe some could be veterans? How about just because they’re human beings?

      E Howard Hunt in reply to Concise. | August 4, 2023 at 10:32 pm

      Some pretty rotten people happen to be veterans. Grow up.

      Blackgriffin in reply to Concise. | August 5, 2023 at 4:08 am

      So are rapists and murderers and child sex traffickers. And Leftists. Simply being a human being is not sufficient reason.

        Concise in reply to Blackgriffin. | August 5, 2023 at 10:58 am

        That’s not too smart. That’s how the left justifies abortion on demand. CCP would agree with you too.

          healthguyfsu in reply to Concise. | August 5, 2023 at 7:37 pm

          Big difference between an unborn child and an intravenous drug user (or snorter).

          Concise in reply to Concise. | August 5, 2023 at 10:11 pm

          I guess so if you have no respect for the inherent dignity of human life. But feel free to adopt the core ideology of the CCP. It’s a free country. I think, maybe not so much after last week.

      CommoChief in reply to Concise. | August 5, 2023 at 11:24 am

      Private charities exclusively funded from voluntary contributions of those people who agree with you are more than welcome to try. and keep repeating the same things that don’t work….so long as those things are lawful activities and they don’t seek to prevent the test of society from going about our way unimpeded.

    healthguyfsu in reply to E Howard Hunt. | August 5, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    I agree dead people vote Dem easier than live ones.

I just don’t understand what possesses a person inject some chemical into their bodies to get some transient “high.” The side effects and long term after effects are just too severe.

Maybe school kids should get more instruction on why drugs are so bad, and less on the “gender affirming” mental and physical mutilations.

    fscarn in reply to Dimsdale. | August 4, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    youtuber kimgary has video after video of zombies with Xylazine in the system. Philly based. Scary,

    txvet2 in reply to Dimsdale. | August 4, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Somebody should ask Hunter that question.

    The same thing that possesses a person to inject dye all over their body and rings through their nose.

    gospace in reply to Dimsdale. | August 4, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Whenever “professional educators” teach something, they get it horribly wrong. Just had this conversation a short while back with one of my sons about the DARE program. Question from grade schoolers: “Why do people take drugs?” Ans: Because it makes them feel good! He was very confused by what they taught in school. Especially since the reason to take legal drugs is- to cure you and make you feel better… Not confused by answers from his parents. “Why do people take drugs?” Ans: “Because they’re stupid and irresponsible, like your idiot uncle.” But then, we did have a bad example to point out. But then, most everyone does.

The drug cartels are fairly intelligent. Why in (censored) would they try to kill off part of their customer base by including a lethal horrid drug into a fairly solid moneymaker like coke? They’ve spiked it with fentanyl so they can add powered anything to it and have the same amount of bang for twice the volume, but this crap? Fentanyl is bad enough since it is practically dirt-cheap and can be manufactured by the ton, so it is never going to be fully stomped out by stomping on imports, but the only plus for addicts using this drug is they can get it (maybe?) from vets??

    txvet2 in reply to georgfelis. | August 4, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    Why should they care if the addicts die? There’s always a new supply of addicts, and using cheaper drugs to get the same effect, more or less, increases their profit margin. There is nothing rational about their customer base. You might as well as why on Earth the people of Chicago would replace Lori Lightfoot with Brandon Johnson.

    henrybowman in reply to georgfelis. | August 4, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    I asked this question several months ago about fentanyl and received a persuasive answer. A small bit of dirt-cheap fentanyl in the product can boost the high of a lower-grade base. But cartel cooks aren’t exactly Linus Pauling, so their quality control is all over the sidewalk.

    They’re VERY intelligent, but they’re all sociapathic criminals, who tend to live fast and die young. To these maniacs, a billion in hand is worth a hundred billion to someone else in the future.

    Their criminality and short=sightedness remind me of the democrat and GOPe leadership.

    Drug cartels are moving product from China.

    Imagine that, Chinese are murdering American military aged males by the thousands w/out ever firing a shot or crossing our border.

Capitalist-Dad | August 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm

What’s the crisis if druggie Democrat voters are finding a way to let Darwinian Selection thin their ranks?

Gee, I wonder who’s paying for all of that extremely expensive health care. /s.

These zombies are a fast growing voter bloc for ballot harvesting; particularly in Philly. Ever wonder why the Dems seem to go to Philly all the time.

I don’t see a solution that is politically acceptable. Frankly the only way to deal with this is to massively increase the penalties on the demand side. Arrest and cold turkey detox for starters. Those who survive to trial get put into prison two year minimum first offense. Second offense is five years minimum, third offense is life. Those are for possession, not distributing. Carrying distribution weight or actually selling …death penalty.

That’s far too draconian for most voters. I proposed it and even I don’t like it, but I don’t see another way to proceed that hasn’t already failed. It’s either this or legalize it and let nature take its course.

    henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | August 4, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    It’s an awful approach, since the vast majority of these people had no idea that junk was mixed in with what they thought they were buying. You’re enhancing legal penalties only on those who are already fraud victims.

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | August 4, 2023 at 9:40 pm

      As I said I don’t like it either.

      Frankly I would much rather we.just said eff it and legalized all substances. Let folks take whatever substance they want. However, having made their choice they must live with the consequences.

      No more tax more for treatment facilities. No more excuses that Joe only robbed X b/c he’s an addict; eff that you do the crime you go to prison. No sob stories. No detox paid by the taxpayer, you go to jail you go cold turkey.

      No safe shooting up, no free needles or kits paid with tax dollars. If someone would be arrested for taking a drink of whisky on the sidewalk then we also arrest the junkie. No more excuses, only personal choice and personal responsibility.

      Unfortunately most folks will find fault with this approach as well. There’s really not an effective middle ground between the two positions I laid out. Certainly what society has been doing isn’t working, let’s try something new.

Give some to Hunter and let him smoke it.

It’s like China is roofie-ing America.
It ain’t sex they’re looking for.

TBH- not something I’m worried about.

If it something you’re worried about- perhaps you need a lifestyle change.

    CommoChief in reply to gospace. | August 4, 2023 at 9:43 pm

    How much in taxes is being expended on all this? That makes it something all taxpayers have an interest in.

    Andy in reply to gospace. | August 4, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    I’m worried about it. These walking zombies are a drag to our communities and our economy. Thousands upon thousands of traumitized children who will grow up to be chaotic adults are spawn from this.

    It is a demand side issue. Take away the top consuming customers and drug dealing becomes hard. Take away even more and it becomes economically unviable.

      gospace in reply to Andy. | August 5, 2023 at 2:25 pm

      Seems some have misunderstood the point. I’m not going to be injecting/sniffing/smoking or ingesting any of these drugs in any form at all whatsoever. So- in that manner- not my problem.

      Caveat emptor- let the buyer beware- applies to all aspects of illegal trade, whether drugs or hot merchandise.

Why is this considered a “problem”?

healthguyfsu | August 5, 2023 at 7:38 pm

They will get right on this. Rich, trust fund college kids are likely to get hit now that it’s affecting cocaine.

Cocaine Supply? As in, “The Biden Administration is moving to protect the nation’s cocaine supply?”

Put Pete Buttigieg right on this. I think we’ve found a supply chain that the left can make a priority.