Xylazine and fentanyl: Implications for oral health care

Oct. 26, 2023
There’s a dangerous cocktail brewing in the US: a mixture of xylazine and fentanyl. Dentist Pamela Maragliano-Muniz and pharmacist Tom Viola talk about the effects this has on dental treatment.

The increasing mixing of xylazine, a horse tranquilizer, with fentanyl has created a dangerous drug cocktail designated as an emerging threat in the United States. Xylazine can make fentanyl more dangerous and addictive in several ways. Clinicians in oral-health care, including dentists and dental hygienists, should be aware of the dangers of xylazine and fentanyl combinations and take steps to protect their patients. Learn more in this episode of Medical History Mysteries.

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Through the Loupes newsletter, a publication of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group. Read more articles and subscribe to Through the Loupes.