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Cost-of-living crisis could see dealers cutting heroin with harmful ‘tranq’ substance


A dangerous ‘tranq’ substance responsible for Zombieland scenes in Philadelphia could be on its way to the streets of the UK as drug dealers try to cut costs. 

Ian Hamilton, an associate professor of addiction at the University of York, said the cost-of-living crisis could mean that dealers ‘bulk out’ heroin in the UK with Xylazine, a harmful substance. 

Xylazine, which is also known as ‘tranq’, was originally developed as an animal tranquiliser in the 1960s but is now offering mercenary drug dealers a chance to improve their margins.  

Shocking images from the US show addicts shooting up in broad daylight and passed out in the streets as a result of their drug usage. 

Drug users shoot up in broad daylight on the streets of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Experts have expressed serious concerns about the use of Xylazine

Drug users shoot up in broad daylight on the streets of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Experts have expressed serious concerns about the use of Xylazine

A man with a gaping wound on his arm sits slumped on the street. Xylazine frequently causes wounds that require amputation and can worsen withdrawal symptoms

A man with a gaping wound on his arm sits slumped on the street. Xylazine frequently causes wounds that require amputation and can worsen withdrawal…



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