Two January overdoses in Chester County, PA, have been linked to xylazine, an equine sedative. The County Coroner, Dr. Christina VandePol, is urging veterinarians and horse farm owners with the drug on hand to be vigilant about monitoring their supplies.
Xylazine is not a controlled substance; it is a sedative, analgesic and anesthetic used in large animals. The brand names are Rompun and Anased. In horses, the drug depresses the central nervous system and slows the respiratory rate; it is also a partial heart block.
Xylazine has never before been seen in overdose deaths in Chester County. The deaths of Bradley Bailey, 26, and Ian Stahl, 27, are being ruled accidental.
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