Friday, January 11

Puerto Rico Drug Addiction Turning Resident Users Into Zombies


On an island where the economy is manipulated by drugs, and hundreds of thousands of residents have consumed or are currently consuming addictive substances, it might not come as a surprise that Puerto Rico has been described as “the new front door of the war on drugs”, or “the backdoor to America.”

The island's strategic localization, its multiple rich ports, added to its commonwealth political status and relationship to the United States, have served drug cartels from South America and the Caribbean, as the perfect trampoline to the mainland.

But the drug doesn’t just travel out of the island; it also stays inside affecting residents every year. Thousands of people wake up everyday to the reality of having to maintain an addiction, to some of the most dangerous substances.

One of the island’s most common drugs, mainly for being cheaper and producing a strong high effect, is Xylazine, better known as horse tranquilizer. This new medication, introduced on early 2000 is primarily produced and used by veterinarians as an anesthesia for dental work or castration in horses.

In humans the powerful substance causes the mind to fade in and out of conscience and the body to bend to the ground even while standing on its feet. The effects last for a little less than six hours, leaving the addict with the need to roam the streets in a search for the next fix, many resorting to theft and panhandling in and effort to stay awake, and alive.

Source: Nationalgeographic.com

4 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

This drug sounds absolutely crazy man I'm sure I'll be reading even more about it in the future, it sounds like it turns you into a practical zombie which is kind of scary since zombies do lack brains.

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D4 said...

I live about 5 miles from the location that video was taken from. I guess it's good to know what those "sleep walkers" are high on. Just wow.

Adorably Dead said...

Well at least he seems like more of a danger to himself than to others, so there's that...I guess. :( How horrible.