Cocaine users beware
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) cocaine is being laced with a veterinarian hospital drug intended to reduced the instance of parasites in animals. The drug antihelminthic levamisole can cause a sharp drop in white blood cell count, which produces a potentially life threatening reaction that leaves individuals at risk for even the most minor infections. According to SAMHSA, 70% of the cocaine tested was found to have the anti-parasite drug laced therein. Another study conducted in Seattle Washington found that 80% of individuals who tested positive for cocaine had the anti-parasite drug in their blood stream as well. Look for a report to be published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report to address this issue soon. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this issue more.