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May 30, 2023

Emerging Substances in the Illicit Drug Landscape: Xylazine

This webinar provides an introduction to two decades of trends in the illicit drug landscape using fatal overdose data. Silvana Mazzella from Prevention Point Philadelphia will detail the association between these trends and drug use behaviors, especially as it pertains to the use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and the emerging co-use trends with stimulants and the introduction of xylazine in the region. Dr. Megan Reed from Thomas Jefferson University will then discuss research on the perspectives of people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who use fentanyl adulterated with xylazine and community interest in detecting this and other cutting agents. In addition, Dr. Reed and Ms. Mazzella will detail efforts to address emerging harms associated with xylazine.


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