The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a public safety alert warning Americans about the dangers of a drug called Xylazine. Other counties in Washington State are seeing this drug in their communities, and we think xylazine is likely in our community or will be here soon. It is often referred to as tranq or tranq dope, and is most commonly mixed in with fentanyl.
“Xylazine is a real concern and we want the public to be aware of the risks,” Said Dr Greg Thompson, Co-Health Officer, Whatcom County Health and Community Services. “Since Xylazine is not an opioid, its effects cannot be reversed with Narcan. But most overdoses include other drugs, so people should still administer Narcan if they suspect an overdose is occurring. It’s important for people to call 911 when someone is overdosing, and to stay with them until they recover or help arrives.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT XYLAZINE:
Signs of a fentanyl or tranq related overdose include:
If you witness an overdose:
Naloxone (Narcan) Resources:
People with Medicaid/Apple Health insurance can get Naloxone at a pharmacy at no additional cost. People with private insurance may need to pay, depending on their plan. Free Naloxone kits, training and other resources can be found at The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA) website or at the Washington State Department of Health’s Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution webpage.
Read the DEA Public Safety Alert here: