The deadly drug has arrived in Eastern Europe. Experts thunder: Epidemic

Xylazine — an animal tranquilizer that causes, among other things, open skin sores — has infiltrated the UK drug black market, according to an analysis by King's College London published on Wednesday. The substance is increasingly appearing in counterfeit marijuana e-cigarettes, counterfeit codeine and Valium pills, and as an additive to fentanyl or heroin.

The study found samples of xylazine in 16 people in the UK, 11 of whom died. The deaths were recorded from December 2022 to August 2023.

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