There has been a lot in the news about “tranq dope”, especially following a recent New York Times article. Most concerning are the non-healing skin wounds that seem to be associated with its use. So what is tranq dope, or more formally, xylazine? And what do we need to know to safely treat our patients? We caught up with Dr. Hoan Nguyen, emergency physician and medical toxicologist at UC Davis, to get some answers.
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Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Hoan Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicologist at UC Davis
by Jan Hoffman, New York Times, Jan 7 2023
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