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Xylazine Test Strips
These test strips help detect xylazine in different drugs (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc.) and drug forms (pills, powder, and injectables). These strips are all you need to keep on you and use to avoid unknowingly getting exposed to xylazine, a potent tranquilizer, and to prevent accidental overdoses.
These test strips come with access to a reporting system allowing users to anonymously report a substance that has tested positive for xylazine. This information is then provided to local organizations to help keep communities safe!
Xylazine is a tranquilizer, not approved for use in people, that is increasingly being found in the illegal drug markets to increase value by increasing weight. It is sometimes mixed with other drugs to increase their effects. People are often unknowingly exposed to xylazine when using drugs bought on the illegal market, leading to harmful and deadly consequences.
An increasing number of overdoses and deaths in the U.S. are linked to xylazine. In the U.S., overdose deaths involving xylazine increased by over 276% between January 2019 and June 2022.
Xylazine test strips provide people who use drugs with important information about xylazine in the illicit drug supply. Knowing if xylazine is present can help people take precautions to reduce the risk of accidental overdoses. Users can also report positive results anonymously, helping to keep communities safe!
Naloxone should be given in response to any suspected drug overdose to reverse any possible opioid effects. It is important to know that Naloxone does not reverse the effects of xylazine. However, because xylazine is often used with opioids like fentanyl, Naloxone should still be given. It’s important to call 911 for additional medical treatment, especially since the effects of xylazine may continue after Naloxone is given.
For help finding treatment, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357) or visit Find Treatment.gov.
Public Health Educational Resources
Additional information is available to you to learn even more about Xylazine test strips from the following public health resources:
Resources | WiseBatch Harm Reduction (wisebatch.com)
What You Should Know About Xylazine | Center of Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)
Harm Reduction | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (samhsa.gov)
National Helpline | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (samhsa.gov)