Drug users and advocates issue a warning about xylazine

The Tyee

It took only one puff of drugs cut with xylazine to knock the tall, solidly built William Bernier out for an hour. Bernier, who didn’t know he was taking xylazine, was alarmed by the sudden powerful rush despite having more than a decade’s worth of experience using drugs. First, he felt like he couldn’t breathe. Before he knew it, he’d passed out. When he finally came to, he was relieved to find a friend watching over him and that he hadn’t been robbed or assaulted. But not everyone who has had a run-in with xylazine in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside lately has been as lucky. Read more…

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