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Shocking Video Shows Zombie-Like Addicts at ‘Ground Zero’ of Philly’s ‘Tranq’ Epidemic

Distressing new video shows addicts stumbling in a trance-like state along sidewalks strewn with burning trash heaps at the epicenter of Philadelphia’s “tranq” drug epidemic.

The Kensington neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia, which has become notorious for its open-air drug market, is seen crowded with hordes of drug-addled people — many of them sprawled barefoot on the filthy ground, or slumped over in the video posted on TikTok by thebizzleeffect.

Some of the addicts appear to have no control over their bodies as they are seen hunched over and struggling to remain on their feet.

Others are seen passed out on random stoops, or in one of the many makeshift homeless encampments dotting the crime-ridden neighborhood.

Piles of garbage — some engulfed in flames — are seen littering the streets of Kensington, where men and women living with crippling drug addiction fight to survive.

Most of Kensington’s zombie-like inhabitants do not have tents and sleep directly on the ground amid clumps of refuse, with their meager possessions stuffed into plastic bags, shopping carts, backpacks or laundry baskets.

Others seem to have little more to their name than the grimy clothes on their back.

@thebizzleeffectAwareness Matters! In Order To Deal With This Epidemic We Must Learn And Have Awareness Of Whats Going On! Together We Can Fight This One Person At A Time! Never Judge,Have Compassion,Empathy Of The People Because It Could Be Any Of Us Out Here! KareAndAssist 💕💯🙌🏾🙏🏾🫂♬ Scary – The Thing About Noise

Kensington’s desperate business owners have resorted to using booby traps and “hacks” for protection, Frank Rodriguez, a recovering heroin addict-turned-activist, told Fox News.

“There are businesses that set up sprinkler systems, so they can just be inside and hit a button and the sprinkler system goes off,” Rodriguez said.

The alarming new video highlights Democrat-controlled Philadelphia’s apparent failure to get a handle on the rising use of the drug xylazine, better known as “tranq” — a powerful horse and cattle sedative used to enhance the effects of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.

The drug is so dangerous that Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, labeled it an “emerging threat” earlier this year.

People who inject drug mixtures laced with “tranq” also can develop gaping wounds, including necrosis — the rotting of flesh — that may lead to amputation, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Xylazine was found in over 90% of drug samples tested in Philadelphia in 2021, according to city data.

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy stopped off in Kensington in July and shared footage from his visit, writing in the caption, “The people I met in Kensington, PA, couldn’t care less if you had an R or D next to your name. Fentanyl, Violence and homelessness are the problem. That’s what we show up to fix. America First.”

Philadelphia health officials have previously acknowledged that the “City of Brotherly Love” has been overwhelmed by the “tranq” epidemic.

“Xylazine has hit Philadelphia particularly hard, causing increased overdose deaths as well as severe wounds that can lead to sepsis and amputation,” the Philadelphia Department of Health and Board of Health said in a joint statement in April.

That same month, Philadelphia’s Opioid Response Unit unveiled an action plan to tackle the “tranq” crisis by reaching out to local communities in a bid to step up prevention, partnering with schools and places of worship to promote anti-drug messaging, expanding access to treatment programs and joining forces with law enforcement agencies to disrupt the open-air drug market.

  • Dorothy says:

    This video looks like they are all in hell, which they probably are in their soul. Biden keeps giving Ukraine, Iraq money but could care less about the American people. It is a disgrace. This is not a great country anymore when we have idiots controlling the direction. They let the illegals have rooms, food and everything else that is needed, and leave these poor souls to fend for themselves. Shame on you Politicians.

  • Cheryl says:

    Dystopian nightmare on Americas streets. When TF are people going to realize that EVERYTHING the Demonrats touch turns to garbage?? This is living (barely) proof of what their policies and governance do to the American People. My God, get these people some help! They are literally committing suicide in front of our eyes.

    • See more says:

      Cheryl I think most of the people have just gave up on life because nobody cares and they don’t have a chance in life. It’s sad to say but this is getting worse everyday. Illegals are getting more help than these people.

  • War on Drugs since 1962 - - a Political Windfall of $$ says:

    What has Biden done to treat this Epidemic – 2 things! He created a “Safe Smoking Kit” that is available to ALL addict – it include lip balm, band-aids, neosporin/antibacterial cream and a new fresh glass pipe….his logic was that if the addicts continued to use their old pipes and they were cracked – – they would get cut (NO JOKE)……The 2nd thing Joe Biden has done ~ He put dispensary machines with Narcan in them; so IF someone in the public sees someone overdosing they can go to a machine and get themselves FREE Narcan to administer to a total stranger, who most likely has been revived 4x already this week. THAT was Joe Biden’s Plan to Stop the Drug Epidemic. He GAVE them clean, new supplies and Narcan, so they can revived over & over again all at taxpayers expense. HOW about when the Schools are closed down during the Summer, all across the Nation – the LEO arrest those on the streets who are strung out, house them in the School Cafeteria – Have Medical Providers there to ensure that they come safely OFF the drugs; then have Mental Health Specialists there to treat them and work on the Psychological hold that drugs have on people; then they progress to Skills Training and get them some training at the VoTech Schools that aren’t used in the summer months, get them doing internships in various fields – get them employed eventually and find them reasonable housing so they can START a Brand New Life. NOW wouldn’t that be a great idea, they can do that in EVERY County in the USA. There are numerous football stadiums that aren’t used during the off-season = use those too. There are numerous locations that are only used for a few months a year and they COULD set up a System to remove folks from the streets, get them cleaned up, get them mental health, teach them skills, find them a job and an apt in a CONTINUAL fashion……. That sure makes more sense that my Property Tax Bill every year with a line item for NARCAN (goes up every year too) – – Strange how they have $100-$200 a day for drugs but not $25 to save their ass if they OD. I believe the tolerance & patients who are NOT addicted is becoming very short – we’ve been in this “War against Drugs” for 60+ years and all that has happened, is Congress members get wealthier and each year we have MORE addicts than we had the year before. Their method sucks – perhaps get the govt out of the “War on Drugs” as they increase that Budget every year, and it the majority of the $$$ goes into pockets instead of the CAUSE. We need to get Real Life Americans into positions instead of political fluffers who speak eloquently yet accomplish very little – – Elect Housewives who know what a Budget IS; we’ll do 1000% better than our elected leaders with money. IF we began to elect typical businessman who are successful and housewives who are logical & critical thinkers we could change this Country and get it back on track again. The Majority of people who ask for votes merely want to get involved in the CLICHE’ where they are almost guaranteed, after 10-15 yrs of “work” at 193K a year, to be worth 25Million+ – – that is their ONLY goal = Power, Greed & to be a part of the EGO Parade. That is why Trump was so successful. He didn’t want to be a part of that crap – Remember that movie “Dave” who replaced the President who died during sex w/his mistress so they found someone who looked like him to pretend but he sat down with his friends and the Budget and made sense of it…. WE should NEVER give 6 other Countries Billions to secure their Borders when ours is wide open….

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