The US mustn’t forget lessons taught by its opioid epidemic
Authorities must act against drug addiction before it turns deadly
The Drug Enforcement Administration recently issued a warning about a drug that’s making America’s deadly opioid epidemic even deadlier. It’s xylazine, a veterinary sedative being found in illicit fentanyl supplies around the US. The agency’s lab system found xylazine in 23% of fentanyl powder and 7% of fentanyl pills it had seized in 2022. Policymakers are aware of the lethal mixture—also called tranq— but they’re moving too slowly to contain it.