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Mitigating Risks from Human Xylazine Exposure
October 4, 2023

October 4, 2023
9:15 AM - 4:45 PM ET

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Registration through Reagan-Udall Foundation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, will hold a public meeting entitled " Mitigating Risks from Human Xylazine Exposure."  

Xylazine is a non-opiate sedative, analgesic, and muscle relaxant only authorized in the United States for veterinary use, as approved by the FDA. It is not currently a controlled substance under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, nor is it approved for human-use. However, human exposure of xylazine has emerged as a growing public health issue.

In 2022, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported that forensic laboratory identifications of xylazine have risen in all four U.S. Census regions between 2020 and 2021. Furthermore, due to its impact on the opioid crisis, fentanyl mixed with xylazine has also been declared an emerging threat by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. Given this emerging threat, FDA believes a better understanding of the landscape of available tools and preventive strategies for reducing illicit use of xylazine is needed to advance development and access to evidence-based treatment for human exposure.

This public meeting will explore real-world experiences and scientific evidence on emerging data trends for human xylazine exposure and examine concrete strategies for drug development and clinical research that directly supports the mitigation and reduction of risks associated with human exposure to xylazine. Presentations and discussions will include clinical and scientific experts, community and harm reduction organizations, academic researchers, and federal partners.

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