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House supports Meltzer's bill to screen for animal tranquilizer in overdose victims

The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday advanced State Rep. Jennifer Meltzer's legislation to begin screening for an animal tranquilizer that's infiltrating street drugs and has played a role in a local overdose death.

Meltzer said xylazine, known as "tranq," is a tranquilizer commonly used for livestock such as cattle or horses, and it's been found in an increasing number of overdose deaths in the United States.



Meltzer says this bill would help Indiana get ahead of a potential issue and begin planning for action. It would also begin to form a response plan and increase public warnings.