Multnomah County Faces Fentanyl Contaminated With Flesh-Eating Drug

Multnomah County, located in the Pacific Northwest, has recently witnessed a concerning rise in overdoses and fatalities linked to the use of fentanyl laced with a dangerous new substance known as “tranq.” This hidden drug, originally intended as an animal tranquilizer, has made its way into illicit drug markets, posing a significant threat to public health.

Tranq, or xylazine as it is scientifically known, has gained notoriety on the streets due to its devastating effects. Studies indicate that the drug’s ability to constrict blood vessels can lead to the development of ulcers on the skin, which, when left untreated, can become infected and result in necrosis. In severe cases, amputation may be required to prevent further complications. Furthermore, unlike opioids, the administration of Narcan, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, is ineffective in countering the effects of tranq.

Disturbing data from the Multnomah County Health Department reveals the gravity of the situation. In 2022, one individual lost their life due to an overdose involving a combination of tranq and fentanyl. Alarmingly, this number rose to five fatalities in 2023. Although no confirmed deaths related to tranq have been reported thus far this year, authorities remain vigilant in their efforts to combat this emerging crisis.

The Multnomah County Health Department is working in close collaboration with law enforcement agencies. Presently, the levels of tranq in Multnomah County remain relatively low compared to cities on the East Coast, such as Philadelphia and Baltimore, where the drug has become more prevalent.

Please note: The information provided in this article is based on available data and should not be considered as medical or legal advice. If you suspect the presence of tranq or are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact local authorities or seek immediate medical assistance.