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There’s a new street drug out there that we need to be aware of—xylazine (known as tranq dope on the street). Xylazine is a new, old drug. It’s a veterinary tranquilizer that was originally invented as a tranquilizer for humans as well.
Today, xylazine is used to heighten the effects of opioids and other central nervous system depressants and stimulants. It’s being found more often in doses of fentanyl and heroin to amplify their effects.
Join us in this episode of Medical History Mysteries as we talk about how xylazine is taken, the risks, special dental considerations, and ways to educate our patients.
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