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Gov. Evers, in La Crosse, signs “tranq” testing strips bill, urged by Gundersen Dr. Eberlein, introduced by Rep. Billings



You can add Xylazine to the list of dangerous drugs that the state of Wisconsin is trying to guard citizens against.

While visiting a La Crosse fire station on Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill authorizing the use of Xylazine testing strips.

Xylazine is also known as “tranq,” and had been used for decades by veterinarians as a large animal tranquilizer. Now, however, it is being laced with other drugs, like fentanyl, with deadly results.

The chemical test strips can be used to detect Xylazine warning a user id its presence.

State Assembly Rep Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) introduced the test strip bill at the urging of Gundersen Health System physician Dr. Chris Eberlein, who has served on drug abuse committees for several years.

La Crosse state Assembly Rep. Jill Billings speaks at Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signing at Fire Station No. 2 on March 26, 2024.

“We found that drug dealers are lacing it in other drugs,” Billings said, “and when someone overdoses on xylazine, Narcan does not work” as an antidote. “There’s no coming back.”

Evers’signing decriminalizes the use of the test strips.

The governor said the state reported that in 2022, 1,464 Wisconsin residents were killed by an opioid overdose, “and between the years 2020 and 2022, a count of opioid-related deaths in Wisconsin increased by nearly 19 percent.”

Evers signed the bill at Fire Station No. 2, near the UW-La Crosse campus. In March of 2022, Evers also came to La Crosse to sign a bill allowing the use of fentanyl testing strips.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. walden

    March 27, 2024 at 1:52 am

    Let me make sure I am understanding this…Democrats have allowed drugs, including xylazine, to freely cross the southern border resulting in he deaths of several hundred thousand U.S. citizens since Biden took office.

    Now, Democrats want an “atta boy” for signing a bill (passed by a Republican legislature) that provides for a “test strip” for confirming the presence of those drugs. Stupid beyond belief.

    Furthermore, have the doctors taken a position on the root cause of the problem…drugs freely crossing the border from Mexico? If not, why not?

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