Also known as the “zombie drug,” Xylazine is not a controlled substance in the United States. The drug is sold legitimately through pharmaceutical distributors in liquid form and sold in vials or preloaded syringes for veterinary use, but it is also sold on other internet sites in liquid and powder form where it can be readily purchased, often with no requirements to prove legitimate needs and is inexpensive, according to the DEA.
Four men have been arrested for alleged involvement with a drug trafficking organization that sold ‘fentanyl-laced heroin’ to actor and producer Michael K. Williams. Williams was an emmy-nominated actor and producer, best known for his roles in ‘The Wire’, ‘12 Years a Slave’, and ‘Boardwalk Empire’. Williams was found dead in September of 2021 in his New York City apartment. Shortly after his death, the NY Medical Examiner’s Office determined Williams’ cause of death to be an accidental overdose.
In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the opioid crisis and preventing addiction and overdoses of painkillers. Now, the current administration wants to expand this discussion on spread the efforts to all types of overdoses.
The family of Jake Ehlinger released a statement on Thursday announcing that he died from an accidental drug overdose earlier this year.