Why the U.S. designated Xylazine an emerging threat

The Biden-Harris administration declared the combination of xylazine and fentanyl an emerging threat. Xylazine’s growing role in overdose deaths nationwide prompted the Administration to make this designation for the first time in U.S. history. Ali Rogin discussed the threat with Dr. Raagini Jawa of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Click here to watch the 5-minute PBS NewsHour video.

We encourage you to educate patients about xylazine and how to reduce harm. Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction TTA and the University of Pittsburgh have created xylazine informational handouts for patients. There are pocket-size versions in English and Spanish and a larger size version for visual display. Click here to access these resources.