Tranq - the street term for Xylazine - a veterinary drug - is increasingly found in drugs tested at OnPoint's center on East 126th Street. Tranq causes skin ulcers on human bodies that can lead to amputation. People ingesting Xylazine can doze for days at a time, often keeling over on the street. There’s a danger their breathing will be suppressed, and their heart rate decreased.
Drug users who have tranq in their heroin or fentanyl face a double danger because the suppressed breathing and slower heart rate caused by Xylazine can’t be reversed by the anti-opioid medicine Narcan.