I hope that anybody reading this post would not need additional reasons to avoid cocaine use, but on the off chance you dabble in the white powder, you should probably check out this story:
Cocaine contaminated with levamisole, a cheap and widely available drug used to deworm livestock, could result in a U.S. public health epidemic, experts warn.
In a report released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, doctors revealed that patients in Los Angeles and New York who smoked or snorted cocaine diluted or “cut” with the veterinary drug developed serious skin reactions.
Six patients developed patches of purple necrotic skin on their ears, nose and cheeks, as well as other parts of their body, the doctors reported. In some instances, the cocaine users suffered permanent scarring as a result of using the tainted drug.
Two similar cases were also reported in San Francisco along with others that reported additional side effects, including agranulocytosis — a potentially life-threatening immune-system disorder.
The problem, however, could reach epidemic proportions. The U.S. Department of Justice has reported that up to 70 percent of cocaine in the United States is contaminated with levamisole…
If you can’t trust drug dealers these days, who can you trust?