Medicine’s Ryan Marino discusses dangers of xylazine overdose detection

Xylazine: new drug, same old mistakes

Medpage TodayRyan Marino, assistant professor at the School of Medicine, talked about the dangers of the new drug xylazine being detected in overdoses across the U.S. and the new challenge it brings to the ongoing overdose crisis. “Many medical, public health and media reports refer to xylazine as a ‘zombie’ or ‘flesh-eating’ drug because it causes significant sedation and has been associated with in some users. This language is not only unhelpful, but also unscientific and inaccurate, and derails honest and accurate discussions about xylazine.”