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CO Congresswoman takes aim at ‘zombie’ drug in 1st bill

A Colorado Congresswoman is taking steps to fight the so-called “zombie drug.” U.S. Rep. Yadira Caraveo will direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which has a lab in Boulder, to focus their research on any illicit drugs that contain xylazine, according to The Denver Post. This week, the Drug Enforcement Agency issued a public safety alert about xylazine, saying it’s being combined with fentanyl, making for the “deadliest drug threat our country has ever seen.” Caraveo’s bill, which is her first since she was elected in November, asks the lab to develop xylazine test strips to detect the tranquilizer’s presence. More than 1,800 Coloradans died in drug overdoses in 2021. Read more at

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