BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — The Berrien County Health Department is raising awareness about the increase of overdoses involving xylazine, a powerful veterinary sedative that is not approved for human use.

Berrien County has seen the greatest increase in xylazine-related deaths in Michigan in the past year. In 2022, eight individuals experienced xylazine-related deaths compared to one in 2021, according to Health Officer Guy Miller.

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