The New York Times’ Jan Hoffman and photojournalist Hilary Swift spent time with Prevention Point Philadelphia and on the streets of Kensington to learn in-depth about Xylazine (also known as “Tranq”), the animal tranquilizer infiltrating the drug supply. Prevention Point’s expertise shines through in this powerful piece that ran on the FRONT PAGE of the Sunday edition of the Times.
A veterinary tranquilizer called xylazine is infiltrating street drugs, deepening addiction, baffling law enforcement and causing wounds so severe that some result in amputation. Brooke Peder’s leg was amputated after an infection from a tranq wound bore into the bone. She hopes to save her arm, although she reluctantly injects tranq in it.