Ever-evolving Landscape Of Illicit Drugs Sees An Increase In Xylazine
Published: June 10th, 2024
By: Anna Ginelli

Editor’s note: This story contains details of addiction and overdoses. If you are struggling with addiction contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline by calling 1-800-662-4357 or by going to https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

CHENANGO COUNTY – Xylazine, a highly addictive sedative, has increasingly been found to be a culprit of multiple overdoses in Chenango County, according to the Chenango County Medical Examiner Dr. Martin C. Masarech.

Since the beginning of 2023, the Chenango County Medical Examiner’s Office has reported 17 overdose deaths in the county. According to Masarech, the top three drugs found in his autopsy reports are fentanyl, methamphetamine and xylazine, respectively.

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And, unlike an opioid overdose, which can be reversed by administering Narcan, xylazine does not have an antidote.

“Xylazine is making the deadliest drug threat our country has ever faced, fentanyl, even deadlier,” said Administrator of the U.S. Drug Force Administration Anne Milgram.


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