Xylazine in Illicit Drug Supply

Official Message No.:111801-6-20-2023-PHAL
Contact Info: Michele | Michele.calvo@doh.nj.gov
Attachments: Yes Attachment 1 Attachment 2

Dear colleagues, 

Please find attached a Health Alert on Xylazine and an accompanying flyer from the NJ Department of Health. 

Xylazine is a veterinary tranquilizer not approved for human use which is increasingly prevalent in the illicit opioid supply in New Jersey. The Department is issuing this alert following increasing reports of xylazine-involved conditions throughout the state, including severe wounds, xylazine-involved overdose deaths, and heavy sedation following use. 

These documents contain background information regarding xylazine, best practices for wound care and overdose response, and recommendations/resources for providers. Accompanying the Health Alert is a flyer for distribution to people who use drugs. 

We appreciate your assistance with sharing this information widely. Should your organization be interested in further training on this topic, please reach out to Amanda Gan, Amanda.Gan@doh.nj.gov.

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