(DCWatchdog.com) – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has urged the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to aid the New York region in coping with a “zombie” drug called “tranq” – a veterinary sedative emerging in street narcotics.
Xylazine, the so-called “zombie drug,” has been discovered in drugs sold in Long Island and New York City, Schumer warned at a news conference on Sunday, as cited by PIX11 and Newsmax.
“Xylazine is dangerous, it’s deadly, and it’s here. It’s a deadly, skin-rotting zombie drug that evil drug dealers are now mixing with fentanyl, heroin, and other drugs,” the New York Democrat emphasized.
His warning comes after the DEA earlier released a public safety alert warning stressing that the risks that drug users might take a deadly overdose of narcotics are even higher now that xylazine is added to the already deadly fentanyl.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, not unlike fentanyl, the Mexican drug cartels import the xylazine from Communist China and then smuggle it to the United States.
The massive invasion of America by a tsunami of illegal aliens has facilitated the importation of the drug since President Joe Biden took office more than two years ago.
In his remarks, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed a plan asking the US Congress for more money “to help fund law enforcement, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services.”
Schumer’s plan also calls upon the DEA to send a so-called Diversion Control Team to the tristate area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The DEA team would feature different types of experts – such as investigators, special agents, chemists, and others – who would be tasked with ending the spread of xylazine.
“The diversion teams are to drugs like the Navy SEAL teams are to our national security. They can swoop in on an area and deal with a drug problem,” Schumer told reporters.
The report points out that xylazine is not an opioid. That is why its overdoses cannot be reversed with the drug Narcan which often saves the lives of drug users.
The fact that xylazine doesn’t respond to Narcan presents a significant problem for medics and first respondents.
“We are still advising our medical communities to administer Narcan,” Mike Varshavski, a family medical doctor and YouTube content creator, told PIX11.
“We do want to reverse the opioid effect of fentanyl, and when you come to one of these cases on the street who is unconscious and potentially consumed an illicit substance, we don’t know which substance they have consumed,” the doctor elaborated.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer is calling on the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to send experts to the New York region to help with the rising threat of a potentially deadly veterinary sedative dubbed "tranq." https://t.co/mQpLOUROAv
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