Schumer: ‘Zombie drug’ is on Capital Region’s doorstep

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It’s deadly, it’s dangerous, and it’s on the doorstep of destroying lives here in the Capital Region. That’s how Sen. Chuck Schumer described a so-called “zombie drug” called Xylazine that he says is growing in popularity in communities across America.

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Xylazine is known on the streets of American cities as “Tranq”.

It has been linked to dozens of overdose deaths across Upstate New York, which Schumer said has created fear among area law enforcement and addiction service professionals.

Standing beside local law enforcement and community health leaders at Schenectady Fire Headquarters, Schumer said he intends to cut off the illicit supply of Xylazine to help keep the Capital Region safe.

He’s urging a three-prong approach to deal with it. First, he’s calling on the FDA to accelerate its operations to track down the illicit sources of the drug.

He wants Congress to spend $537 million so that law enforcement can stop drug trafficking in its tracks.

He’s also calling for a boost in substance abuse treatment and education.