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Xylazine (veterinary sedative) use in Puerto Rico

Overview of attention for article published in Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, April 2011
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#27 of 507)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (96th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (94th percentile)

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Title
Xylazine (veterinary sedative) use in Puerto Rico
Published in
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, April 2011
DOI 10.1186/1747-597x-6-7
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Authors

Rafael A Torruella

Abstract

Human xylazine use in Puerto Rico merits particular attention for its unprecedented scale and depth. Although Puerto Rican injecting drug users (IDUs) have reported using this drug since the early 2000s, little is being done in the research and service delivery sectors as it is claimed that xylazine severely impacts the health of its users. This report provides information on xylazine use and its associated harms. Data from one semi-structured interview collected in New York City (2007-2008) as part of a larger research study with migrant Puerto Rican drug users is presented as a case study. Xylazine, a veterinary sedative, is an adulterant and complement to other drugs and its chronic use is reported to be associated with physical deterioration. Because human xylazine use has been reported in other locations outside of Puerto Rico, this substance could also emerge as an adulterant in other markets to the levels currently experienced in Puerto Rico. Research and interventions are needed to provide adequate services on the island, better understand how the use of xylazine affects its users, and to reduce the possibility of increased xylazine use on the state-side.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Puerto Rico 2 9%
Unknown 21 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 6 26%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 17%
Researcher 4 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 13%
Student > Master 3 13%
Other 3 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 6 26%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 26%
Psychology 4 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 13%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 9%
Other 2 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 32. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 March 2020.
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#666,433
of 15,748,535 outputs
Outputs from Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
#27
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#9,007
of 261,609 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
#2
of 39 outputs
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