Thursday, June 30, 2011

Levamisole linked to flesh-eating cocaine

Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug, levamisole has apparently been linked to a number of cases of rotting flesh, according to Good Morning America. While the cases reported thus far have been on the coasts, officials have warned that it could very well be a nationwide problem.

In a case study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Craft describes six cocaine users recently plagued by the dark purple patches of dying flesh.

According to the DEA, 82 percent of the cocaine it seizes is cut with the veterinary drug. Drug cartels in South America increasingly prefer to use levamisole, a veterinary drug normally used to deworm cattle, sheep, and pigs. It's not clear why dealers don't just use baking soda all the time.

Editor's note:  Levamisole is sold under the trade name Prohibit©.  In studies conducted in the Mid-Atlantic area, Prohibit© was usually shown to be the most effective anthelmintic for sheep and goats. When it was off the market for several years, the cocaine connection was often sited as the reason. The real reason is not known.

Read article in Huffington Post

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