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Tranq: The "Zombie Drug"

What is Tranq?

Tranq is a slang term for xylazine, a powerful sedative that is used in veterinary medicine. It is not approved for use in humans but is sometimes used recreationally or as a cutting agent for other drugs. Tranq can cause a variety of serious side effects, including respiratory depression, low blood pressure, and seizures. It can also be fatal, especially when mixed with other drugs.

The term "tranq" is thought to come from the word "tranquilizer," a type of drug used to reduce anxiety and agitation. Xylazine is a potent tranquilizer, and it can produce a state of sedation similar to sleep. This is why it is sometimes used to sedate animals before surgery or other procedures. The drug can be cooked down in powder form and mixed with illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl or pressed into counterfeit pills or sedatives.

Why is it called the “zombie drug?

Tranq has been referred to as the zombie drug because of its effects on the human body. The “zombie drug” nickname stems from the substance’s known effect of rotting the skin. The Sleepyness it causes allows shows its users standing with their arms and heads dangling in front of their bodies. As if they were going to topple over. This drug is creating a new form of zombie, a modern drug-induced zombie. The drug itself (xylazine) is not known for its addictive qualities but it is much cheaper to get ahold of in larger qualities and to cut with other "heavier" drugs (i.e. heroin, fentanyl)

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Where does tranq come from?

Tranq is typically obtained from veterinary clinics or animal hospitals. It can also be found online or on the black market. Xylazine is a Schedule IV controlled substance in the United States, which means that it has a low potential for abuse but can still be dangerous.

L.A. County Sheriff’s officials are now taking steps to track the presence of xylazine in confiscated drugs. Officials said the reason it hasn’t been higher on authorities’ radar is because it technically isn’t an illegal substance.

Both the Drug Enforcement Administration and the L.A. County Health Department have issued urgent warnings about xylazine. Some say the county’s pilot program is a small step in the right direction to fight a massive drug war consisting of a staggering increase in deaths. (DEA)

The new focus on tracking xylazine will give officials a better sense of the drug’s prevalence on L.A. streets and the best way to counter this deadly new threat.

Why do people use tranq?

People use tranq for a variety of reasons. Some people use it recreationally because it can produce a euphoric high. Others use it to self-medicate for anxiety or depression. Still, others use it as a cutting agent for other drugs, such as heroin or fentanyl.Once you are addicted to a substance such as heroin or fentanyl, you could care less what the drug is cut with. The fact of the matter is, you really do not know what the drug is cut with.

That is what makes using these illicit drugs so damn dangerous.

What makes tranq different from other similar drugs?

Tranq is different from other similar drugs in a few ways. First, it is a very potent tranquilizer, which means that it can produce a strong sedative effect. Second, it can be fatal, especially when mixed with other drugs. Third, it is not approved for use in humans, so there is no guarantee of its safety or efficacy.

The dangers of tranq

Tranq can be a very dangerous drug. It can cause a variety of serious side effects, including respiratory depression, low blood pressure, seizures, and death. It is especially dangerous when mixed with other drugs, such as heroin or fentanyl.

In 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there were 121 deaths in the United States that were associated with xylazine.

This number has been increasing in recent years, and it is likely that tranq will continue to be a problem in the future.

Getting help for tranq addiction

If you or someone you know is struggling with tranq addiction, there are resources available.

LA Valley Recovery has one of the best residential inpatient treatment programs in the country. With state-of-the-art technology and professional staff available 24/7, LA Valley Recovery is here for you when you need it the most.

Contact us today for more information on getting help, today!


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