Xylazine Wound Care Guide

Harm Reduction Ohio’s partner NEXT Distro of New York City prepared this Xylazine Wound Care Guide, which can be found here and below.

Harm Reduction Ohio published a study January 4, 2024, on xylazine’s frequency in Ohio’s drug supply. That study can be found here. The charts and data from the study is here.

The study found xylazine in 37.3% of fentanyl. Other key findings:

  • Xylazine is paired with fentanyl in nearly every case.
  • Xylazine is almost non-existent in the supply of cocaine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, psychedelics and other drugs, except when fentanyl is also present.
  • Xylazine is found across Ohio without significant regional variations.
  • Xylazine frequency was consistent throughout the nine months studied, indicating the drug was well-established in Ohio’s fentanyl supply before 2023 and is not currently increasing or decreasing in frequency.

Caring for Xylazine Wounds

Source: National Library of Medicine

The NEXT Distro wound care guide offers this guidance.

  • Xylazine wounds should be kept clean with soap and water. Using alcohol and peroxide is NOT suggested for these wounds.
  • Moisturized with antibacterial ointment like A&D or even a thin layer of vaseline.
  • Covered with clean bandages.
  • Manuka honey (Medihoney) has been found to be very useful and effective for its wound healing and antibacterial properties.

Dennis Cauchon

Recent Posts

UPDATED: List of All Ohio Syringe Service Programs

Harm Reduction Ohio today publishes an up-to-date list of all Ohio syringe programs. The list…

3 days ago

Overdose Deaths in Ohio, By County — 2023 vs. 2022

Ohio overdose deaths fell in 55 counties in 2023 and increased in 29 counties, according…

1 month ago

Ohio overdose deaths decline about 6% in 2023

Ohio overdose deaths declined about 6% in 2023 vs. 2022, according to a preliminary estimate…

1 month ago

New CDC Study: 8mg Kloxxado and 4mg Narcan are equally effective

A new Centers for Disease control study finds that 8mg naloxone (Kloxxado) is no more…

2 months ago

Harm Reduction Ohio is hiring for our naloxone program

Want a job savings lives? Apply to work at Harm Reduction Ohio's naloxone distribution program.…

2 months ago

Preliminary 2023 Report: The 20 Ohio counties with highest overdose death rates last year

Ohio's Appalachian counties had the worst overdose death rates in 2023, according to preliminary data.…

3 months ago

This website uses cookies.