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    Cocaine Laced With Veterinary Drug Levamisole Eats Away at Flesh

    Flesh Eating Cocaine Laced With Veterinary Drug Levamisole - ABC News


    The veterinary drug can rot the flesh of the nose and ears (Courtesy of Logical Images)

    By Katie Moisse
    June 23, 2011

    Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug levamisole could be the culprit in a flurry of flesh-eating disease in New York and Los Angeles.

    The drug, used to deworm cattle, pigs and sheep, can rot the skin off noses, ears and cheeks. And over 80 percent of the country's coke supply contains it.

    "It's probably quite a big problem, and we just don't know yet how big a problem it really is," said Dr. Noah Craft, a dermatologist with Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

    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. And while they happened to hail from the country's coastlines, the problem is national.

    "It's important for people to know it's not just in New York and L.A. It's in the cocaine supply of the entire U.S.," Craft said.

    Craft is one of several doctors across the country who have linked the rotting skin to tainted coke. The gruesome wounds surface days after a hit because of an immune reaction that attacks the blood vessels supplying the skin. Without blood, the skin starves and suffocates.

    Eighty-two percent of seized cocaine contains levamisole, according to an April 2011 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Why dealers would stretch their stash with levamisole instead of the more traditional fillers, like baking soda, is unclear, although studies in rats suggest the drug acts on the same brain receptors as cocaine. So it might be added to enhance or extend the cocaine's euphoric effects on the cheap.
    Despite the widespread contamination, not all of the country's cocaine users experience the flesh-rotting reaction. It appears that some are more vulnerable to the tainted cocaine's effects.

    "We don't know who this is going to happen to," said Dr. Lindy Fox, the University of California, San Francisco, dermatologist who first connected the gruesome lesions on cocaine users to levamisole. Similarly, some patients have more extreme reactions than others. Fox said she once saw a photo of a man whose entire body, face included, was black with dying flesh.

    Once the drug is cleared from the body, the wounds do heal, leaving behind a shiny scar.

    Although some people might be more vulnerable to the effects of levamisole, the drug doesn't discriminate based on race or socioeconomic status. "Rich or poor, black or white," anyone who uses cocaine is at risk, Craft said.

    As if rotting skin wasn't enough, levamisole also prevents the bone marrow from producing infection-fighting white blood cells.

    "It's a little bit like having HIV," said Craft, adding that without medical attention, the condition can be fatal. "About 10 percent of those patients will die from severe infections. They may be walking around like a time bomb."
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    Damn that's phuqed up! And pretty sadistic, too.

    Coke can be destructive enough, and if too much is done, it will eat away the lining of your septum.

    Now you gotta worry about it eating off your gotdamn face!

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    I read that the other day and considering where I read it, I wasn't sure that it was true.

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    howd his ear get eaten? wouldnt it of been his damn nose? what if u put a little bit on the tip of your cock? would your glans rot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFW View Post
    what if u put a little bit on the tip of your cock? would your glans rot?

    Not if she snorts it off fast enough.

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    I don't care most of the coke heads I know are complete assholes who deserve a little A on their forehead marking them for the public to see.....
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    either this is government propaganda to stop ppl from using coke
    or the govt put this bacteria in the cocaine themselvs
    either way i could care less about you junkies anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion View Post
    I don't care most of the coke heads I know are complete assholes who deserve a little A on their forehead marking them for the public to see.....
    agreed

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    lol It's a good thing I don't do Coke, anymore!

    This is worse than when they were putting cyanide in tylenol and selling that shiite to the public, cause that stuff was legal.

    But this? No more code of conduct in the under world, I guess?

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    Thats jus the risk u take when doing drugs including ugl roids labs that u have no ideal where the stuff comes from you never know.

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    If only that shit was in heroin too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightBearer View Post
    either this is government propaganda to stop ppl from using coke
    or the govt put this bacteria in the cocaine themselvs
    Agreed. I'm gonna guess it's no where near 80% contaminated. 7 out of 10 people I work with use coke on the job, everyday; and I haven't see any noses or ears fall off yet.
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