What is Xylazine?

Xylazine is a non-opioid tranquilizer used in veterinary medicine and is not federally approved for human use. Xylazine is not safe for humans and is found in over 90% of the drug supply in Cecil County. It is known to cause serious skin infections and other life-threatening reactions, like slowing or stopping breathing.  

Xylazine Can:

  • Cause overdose and death.
  • Produce serious wounds no matter how it is consumed (injected, snorted, or swallowed).
  • Cause long periods of blackout, increasing the risk of assault or injury.
  • Increase the time needed to fully revive someone from overdose because it is not an opioid.
  • Create wounds that often lead to amputation if not treated properly in time. 

Xylazine Wounds

Wounds can appear whether you inject Xylazine or not. They appear anywhere on the body, often in places not associated with injection. Wounds can look like:
  • Blisters
  • Small scabs
  • “Pinpoint” holes
  • Large open sores
  • Dark or black skin

Self Care Tips

  1. Clean your hands or wear gloves before touching the wound.
  2. Gently wash the area with simple soap and water.
  3. Put A&D ointment on the bandage, then gently place bandage on wound.
  4. Lightly wrap with more dry bandages.
  5. Clean the wound & change the bandage every 24 hours or when the bandage is damp or soiled.

Treating a xylazine wound early is key! Your body can heal itself if given the right support.

For more information about how to treat xylazine wounds, call our Wound Care Nurse at 443-993-7055.

The Wound is Healing

There is less pain, less red coloring & functions normally.

The Wound is Not Healing

There is more pain, a strong smell, or concerning coloring.

Seek Medical Care if you have a wound and:

  1. Fever, Chills, or Flu like symptoms
  2. Severe pain in the area.
  3. Skin is red, hard, and hot to the touch.
  4. Wound has yellow or green discharge.
  5. The bone is showing.
  6. The area has numbness or tingling.
  7. You are unable to move the body part with the wound.
  8. Pieces of skin are falling off. 

If you have a wound and need help, Voices of Hope has a Wound Care Nurse team available to meet you wherever you are at, or you can come to one of our locations. Our Wound Care Nurses provide compassionate care for wounds created by drug use. To see one of our Wound Care Nurses, please call 443-993-7055. 

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