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Flesh Eating Cocaine Hits the Market

12:25 am - 06/30/2011

Flesh-Eating Cocaine Hits New York, Los Angeles (PHOTO)

It seems cocaine has been behind a rash of flesh-eating disease outbreaks in Los Angeles and New York.

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.

From GMA:

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.

As if cocaine wasn't dangerous enough.

According to The Week, the DEA recently reported that 82 percent of the cocaine it seizes is cut with the veterinary drug. While cheaper cocaine can be close to 90 percent filler, it's often notably filled with harmless baking soda. Exactly why the veterinary drug has begun to be popular remains a subject of debate.

From The Week:

But drug cartels in South America increasingly prefer to use levamisole, a veterinary antibiotic normally used to deworm cattle, sheep, and pigs. It's not clear why dealers don't just use baking soda all the time, although studies in rats suggest that levamisole might tingle brain receptors in the same way cocaine does. If that's the case, adding it to the supply might be a way to enhance the effects of cocaine on the cheap.

Apparently not everyone has the same reaction to the drug however. According to GMA, the effects do disappear from the affected once the drug leaves the body, leaving little but scaring.

hazel_belle 30th-Jun-2011 04:31 am (UTC)
All I can say is... Eww.
sweetthea 30th-Jun-2011 04:33 am (UTC)
can we put the picture under a cut???
ladypolitik 30th-Jun-2011 04:37 am (UTC)
Yeaaaaaaah, let's do that pls
supermishelle 30th-Jun-2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Omg that picture made me gag
spiegel11th 30th-Jun-2011 04:59 am (UTC)
I got as far as 'flesh eating cocaine' and couldn't really process any more because my brain was too busy going 'AAAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGHH! OH GODS!' Which is not very helpful.
reginald 30th-Jun-2011 05:00 am (UTC)
well if that's the ear, i don't want to imagine what the nose would look like.
also, gross.
bluetooth16 30th-Jun-2011 05:02 am (UTC)

krushisabitch 30th-Jun-2011 05:12 am (UTC)
It doesn't look as bad as the effects of krokodil.
theguindo 30th-Jun-2011 05:14 am (UTC)
oh man I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of this (semi-comment twins?!)
theguindo Tangent, also SERIOUS TRIGGER WARNING for links30th-Jun-2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh man. This reminds me of something my friend showed me the other day about a Russian drug being used as a cheap heroin alternative. It's called krokodil and it literally eats away at an addict's body.

DO NOT CLICK IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH. Source does not have pictures but the descriptions are disturbing.

Video of a late stage addict. I cannot put a strong enough trigger warning on this. It looks like zombie makeup but it is real.

It is heinous the shit drug addicts will do to themselves for a hit.
astridmyrna Re: Tangent, also SERIOUS TRIGGER WARNING for links30th-Jun-2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Good lord why didn't they amputate that thing earlier?
24_24_1_1526 30th-Jun-2011 05:24 am (UTC)
um. put this behind a cut please. damn.
astridmyrna 30th-Jun-2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Bets on this making into the next Resident Evil movie?
rock_bottom 30th-Jun-2011 05:33 am (UTC)
put the pic behind a cut, though it is not nearly as bad as the FULL pic at the source.

beoweasel 30th-Jun-2011 05:35 am (UTC)
romp 30th-Jun-2011 05:36 am (UTC)
The scabby ear doesn't look that bad fwiw. And I'm squeamish. Better than paralysis and ODs!
omgangiepants 30th-Jun-2011 06:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, it just looks like a really nasty scab. I've had worse on my knees.
krazykat88 30th-Jun-2011 05:59 am (UTC)
related - I first heard about levamisole in cocaine last year - in this article in the stranger -
- apparently Levamisole can really fuck up your immune system - I wonder if that's why people are getting the flesh eating disease?

rock_bottom 30th-Jun-2011 06:40 am (UTC)
brinylon 30th-Jun-2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Okay, this killed my desire to give coke a go if I ever get the chance. Aaaaargh!
angelofdeath275 30th-Jun-2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
wrestlingdog 30th-Jun-2011 02:20 pm (UTC)


Edited at 2011-06-30 02:21 pm (UTC)
ouronlylight 30th-Jun-2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I was so sure that this was from the Onion at first. :/
mrasaki 30th-Jun-2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Last year a person died and several were made severely ill or put into comas at a rave because of bad substitutes in ecstasy. The electronica scene in CA is essentially dying and moving to Vegas because of increasingly stringent laws caused by these incidents. We need to rethink education and drug and rehabilitation policies, and institute quality control, jesus fuck.
oaktree89 1st-Jul-2011 01:06 am (UTC)
brb, never doing coke
natgel 1st-Jul-2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
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