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Flesh Eating Cocaine Is Here: Ban Levamisole Before All Cocaine Users Die

by | 27th, June 2011

A READER directs our gaze to news that flesh-eating coaine is marauding through New York and Los Angeles.

The story is brought to us by ABC’s… Katie Moiss (pronounced Kate Moss).

News is that:

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

Yep. This is a story that because cocaine is illegal, the drugs dealers seek to maximise profits from the risks they take selling the stuff by making it dirtier than a porn star’s enema.

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.

The message is clear: up the price of livestock dewormer levamisole. (Buys shares now!) One other message is that research is scary and, er, not all that well researched:

“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.

Yeah, probably. Quite a big problem. Maybe. Still, the expert sees fit to publish her research 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.

“Kate Moss” then gives us a statistic:

Eighty-two percent of seized cocaine contains levamisole, according to an April 2011 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In 2010, Time reported that levamisole “is now found in 70% of all cocaine seized in the U.S., up from 30% in 2008”.

Levamisole is mixed with cocaine because it

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