– In an effort to ensure animal sedatives are used for their intended purposes, Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset) announced his bill, which would criminalize illicit possession of xylazine with a veterinary use exemption, passed the House by a 169-34 vote.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), xylazine is a prescription sedative approved only for use in animals.
Metzgar said the Department of Health earlier this year temporarily scheduled xylazine as a Schedule III controlled substance in Pennsylvania because it is increasingly being found in mixtures of illicit drugs. House Bill 1661
would codify this decision in part by criminalizing illicit possession in order to keep people alive and protect the safety of individuals.
“One of the first cases involving recreational xylazine usage was in Somerset County,” said Metzgar. “The person used it at a baby changing station at a gas station. Illicit xylazine in combination with illicit drugs is a serious public health concern, and I am pleased to see bipartisan support in advancing my legislation.”
House Bill 1661 now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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