We all know the dangers of hard drugs like meth, heroin, and most recently, fentanyl, but a new drug has arrived on the streets of Colorado that has a disturbing effect on the users' skin.

The drug is called Xylazine, and it's definitely something you want to not only avoid but be aware of as well.

What is Colorado's New Zombie Drug?

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Many are referring to Xylazine as a "zombie drug" because one of the most profound effects it has on users is that it causes the skin to literally rot.

At its core, Xylazine is an opiate similar to heroin and fentanyl, but its common use is as a horse tranquilizer. In fact, some of its street names include "tranq" or "tranq dope."

Not only does the new drug have the gruesome side effect of literally eating a user's flesh, but it can also prove to be deadly, especially when mixed with other strong narcotics like the aforementioned heroin and fentanyl.

It bears quite a few similarities to these opiates, and can even be cooked down into a powder, though it's also frequently found in pill form.

Luckily, some Colorado lawmakers are already stepping in to combat the new, terrifying drug.

Colorado Lawmakers Take on Xylazine

Recently, a bill introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives by congresswoman Yadira Caraveo to address the problems associated with this new drug has passed.

The bill was presented as a means to learn more about the dangerous drug and how to determine if someone is using it. Caraveo has stressed that Xylazine is synthetic, resistant to Narcan, and can't be detected via typical drug tests, making it that much more dangerous.

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