Shocking video shows former ‘tranq dope’ xylazine user in Nashville with a gaping wound

Shocking video shows former ‘tranq dope’ xylazine user in Nashville with a gaping wound

Shocking video shows former ‘tranq dope’ xylazine user in Nashville with a gaping wound and former addict warns drug being cut with fentanyl ‘rots away your skin’… as Chinese website will ship 1kg to US buyers for just $10

  • An unnamed man can be seen having his wounds tended to after abusing the ‘zombie drug’ also known as xylazine 
  • Approved for animals as a tranquilizer, the drug is now flooding the illicit drug market in the US
  • Officials at the DEA have said that Xylazine is making the fentanyl crisis ‘even deadlier’

Shocking footage has emerged of the wounds sustained by a former xylazine user after his skin rotted away. 

A harm reduction page on TikTok shared the footage of the man having his wounds cleaned after having used the drug.

The unknown man, who resides in Nashville, Tennessee, has a large wound on his upper left arm after using xylazine which is said to rot the users skin. 

The ‘zombie drug’, a veterinary tranquilizer approved in the US for animals, is now flooding the illicit US drug market, with dealers frequently cutting fentanyl with it. 

The page that shared the video is operated by a woman known only as Miriam who helps at the nonprofit ‘Tennessee Harm Reduction’.

In the video, Miriam explains in a voiceover that she relies on donations to work for addicts who cannot go to hospital for reasons including a lack of health insurance. 

As she talks, she can be seen cleaning and dressing a large wound on the man’s upper left arm which appears to be a dark red color. 

She explains that some hospitals mistreat drug users and one of the men she helps heard doctors discuss how bad he smelled. 

Miriam says: ‘For opioid dependent individuals, withdraw usually sets in while they are sitting in the waiting room.

‘Users are often discharged with a prescription they don’t have the money to fulfill.

‘When it is all said and done they have gone through an experience that was deeply unpleasant.’

Talking about the man’s wounds in the video, Miriam explains: ‘This man’s wounds need to be packed, I’ll do the same thing tomorrow night. 

‘Fingers crossed this guy gets to keep his arm.’ 

Opioid awareness TikTok page Operation Opiate also shared a warning about the new drug which is frequently being cut with heroin and fentanyl. 

In her post, a recovering addict named Jessica who uses her platform to warn against the dangers of opioids including fentanyl, says: ‘Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the drug Xylazine.  

‘What you need to worry about is a drug called Xylazine, it essentially rots away your skin.

‘You guys need to be aware, apparently the FDA is going to crackdown on this.’

The woman, known only as Jessica, shares her experience of drug use as a former user and issued a PSA on Xylazine

Jessica, who can be seen with a large scar on her chest in the video, says her drug use caused infective endocarditis and she has undergone surgery for her third heart valve replacement. 

Infective endocarditis (IE) occurs when bacteria that enters the bloodstream settles in the heart lining, a heart valve or blood vessel. 

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), xylazine is readily available for purchase on internet sites in both liquid and powder form.

The agency say that sites are frequently showing no association to the veterinary profession or any requirements to prove a legitimate need for it. 

A kilogram of xylazine powder can be purchased online from Chinese suppliers with common prices ranging form $6-$20 per kilogram, according to the DEA.

The drug has spread to Los Angeles of late, with news crews capturing people hunched over and on the ground, strung out on the drug.

The problem, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials say, is that the drug is technically a legal substance.

The DEA and the county’s health department have both issued urgent warnings against the use of the drug.

In a public safety alert, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said: ‘Xylazine is making the deadliest drug threat our country has ever faced, fentanyl, even deadlier.

‘DEA has seized xylazine and fentanyl mixtures in 48 of 50 States. 

‘The DEA Laboratory System is reporting that in 2022 approximately 23% of fentanyl powder and 7% of fentanyl pills seized by the DEA contained xylazine.’

The drug is now widely available in most parts of the country and even online for as little as $6, according to the DEA

Xylazine is now flooding the illicit US drug market, with drug dealers cutting everything from cocaine to heroin with the powerful sedative

News crews in Los Angeles have been capturing footage of people hunched over and on the ground, strung out on the drug

The DEA have issued urgent warnings against the use of the drug and warned it is making the fentanyl crisis worse

The DEA says xylazine takes a few minutes to kick in with effects lasting for up to four hours in animals. It is not clear how long these would last in humans.

In many cases, it leaves users ‘knocked out’ on street corners and at bus stops for hours. 

When these people come to, they discover the high from heroin has subsided and start looking for their next hit.

The drug is also causing open wounds to appear on the body — often away from the injection site.

Philadelphia is currently at the epicenter of America’s xylazine crisis with reports from an outreach charity finding patients left with ‘gaping wounds’ and ‘unable to walk’.

Sarah Laurel, founder of outreach organization Savage Sisters, told The Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘I’ve never seen human beings remain in these kinds of conditions.

‘They have open, gaping wounds, they can’t walk.’

In 2019, around one-third of all fatal opioid overdoses in the city were related to the drug.  

Experts say patients die after taking xylazine because it can slow breathing as well as heart rate and lower blood pressure, compounding the effects of other drugs.

A record nearly 107,000 Americans die from overdoses every year, but estimates on how many are down to xylazine are not available because this data is not routinely collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Joe Hutchison

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