In the Democrat-run city of Philadelphia, where homeless people inject drugs in plain daylight, the streets have evolved into the newest outdoor drug bazaar.
In horrifying photos, residents of the Kensington neighborhood can be seen shooting up on the pavement while living in filthy circumstances.
The drug then seized hold of others, who rolled their eyes back and bent over while others stumbled about on the road, just missing oncoming vehicles.
It occurs as Pennsylvania’s drug issue worsens; overdoses have increased over the previous five years in a row and reached over 5,000 last year.
Unbelievably, a new flesh-eating substance is ravaging Philadelphia, with heroin now often mixed with “tranq dope” and consumed by the city’s homeless population.
The awakened DA, who emerged from hiding last month to deny accusations that his policies are to fault, has declined to take action against the crime that plagues the city.
As homelessness and drug abuse reach new heights, more and more homeless persons may be spotted on the streets of Philadelphia’s Kensington area.
Images taken in Philadelphia throughout the daytime show the city’s escalating drug misuse problem. Opioid injections into the hands, arms, and necks of addicts have been seen throughout the city.
A local non-profit recently reported that drug usage issues are becoming worse and more pervasive.
Nearly 9 million brand-new syringes were distributed by the nonprofit to more than 36,000 individuals, while 10 million old ones were returned, according to Protection Point Philadelphia’s most recent annual finance report.
For the first time in the program’s 30-year existence, used syringe donations outweighed new ones.
According to José Benitez, executive director of the nonprofit group, this figure may be affected by the amount of community cleanups the organization has carried out as well as by the rise in drug use since the epidemic.
You would have expected that the number of individuals taking opioids would immediately decline, but that is untrue, according to Benitez.
What was seen was an exponential rise in the number of opioid users.
He also claims that the number of persons getting assistance from the group has increased. “We served roughly 12,000 people in 2019 compared to 36,000 last year,” added Benitez.
In Pennsylvania, the incidence of drug overdose fatalities has likewise been sharply increasing in recent years.
On Good Day Philadelphia last month, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner spoke about the current wave of violence plaguing the city and defended himself against claims that his policies are to blame.
According to recent reports, a new substance is also becoming popular among the city’s homeless people. When used with heroin or fentanyl, the drug xyalazine, sometimes referred to as “tranq dope,” may be fatal.
Drugs are used by drug traffickers as an inexpensive technique to bulk up their product. Inspector Jamill Taylor of the Philadelphia police drugs section told Axios that it is not prohibited and is simple to buy online.
Taylor stated, “It’s practically eating them alive.” They decompose from the inside out as a result of it.
According to Prevention Point’s Shaun Westfahl, xylazine and fentanyl may make someone fall asleep for hours, making it impossible to tell whether users are even suffering overdoses.
Additionally, the medication prolongs the effects of heroin highs, but users end up dozing off for extended periods of time, and injection sites develop ulcers that result in gruesome sores that spread throughout the body.
Many users are left with disfigurement after having to have their fingers, limbs, feet, legs, and toes removed. Some users even claim having severe soars develop over their bodies in places they never injected the drug.
However, physicians caution that since xylazine is not an opioid, many hospitals may not recognize what they are seeing when an overdose victim arrives, may not be able to identify it in testing, and may be unable to treat patients as they would for typical opioid overdoses.
According to municipal health experts, some people take it unintentionally while others deliberately seek out the narcotics. Like many medicines, those who take it regularly may have withdrawal symptoms if they stop.
They said that the city’s epidemic is concentrated in Kensington, where 93% of 625 opioid samples examined since November 2020 had included Xylazine.
This follows Dr. Mehmet Oz’s August campaign speech in suburban Pittsburgh, when he likened Philadelphia’s homeless to “zombies.” Oz is a Pennsylvania Republican senatorial candidate.
‘Go into Philadelphia’s downtown. I see more in Philadelphia these days, while I still see a little in Pittsburgh. There are whole blocks, including sections and numerous blocks. You cannot leave. In Monroeville, Oz addressed a crowd by saying, “There are addicts wandering like zombies into the street with needles protruding out of their necks.”
Twitter users noted that despite being a doctor, Oz didn’t seem to have much empathy for addicts.
Oz responded to this in Monroeville by stating, “As a doctor, I have immense empathy.”
The veteran television personality has drawn criticism for some of his imprecise remarks as he faces off against Democratic lieutenant governor of the commonwealth John Fetterman in the race for the U.S. Senate. Other American cities, especially San Francisco, have been experiencing out-of-control homelessness and drug addiction problems.