The rise in xylazine as an illicit drug is cause for concern. What are the implications for veterinarians?
The emergence of xylazine as a street drug has several implications for veterinarians. First, it highlights the importance of securely storing and disposing of controlled substances, including xylazine, to prevent their diversion and misuse. What's more, veterinary hospitals may come under scrutiny and be subject to regulations if xylazine is declared a controlled substance by the DEA.
On this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, host Adam Christman, DVM, MBA is joined by Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA, and Kelley Detweiler, a DEA and regulatory compliance expert. They discuss the health risks in humans that ingest xylazine-tainted fentanyl, as well as how the veterinary profession may play a part in curtailing this burgeoning health crisis.
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