Flesh-Eating Cocaine: Another Reason Drugs Are Bad For You

June 29, 2011


Frankly, the PSAs I was exposed to as a kid about the dangers of drug abuse and narcotics really didn't really have much of an effect on me. Not that I turned to a life of hard drugging and snorting because of them, but I was smart enough to know the dangers and risks of such behavior thanks to well-reasoned discussion and adult conversation. However, if I learned there was such a thing as flesh-eating cocaine when I was a kid, I probably would've become a Mormon.

The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology describes a frightening new strain of cocaine that actually eats through a user's flesh and is making its way through the nostrils of New York City and Los Angeles-area drug users. The truly scary part is that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reported that 82 percent of the cocaine they have found contains the animal drug.

The strain comes from cocaine that has been cut with levamisole, a veterinary antibiotic used to deworm cattle, sheep, and pigs, instead of the traditional baking soda used in more traditional and "healthier" cocaine stockpiles. It is believed that the antibiotic has the same effect as baking soda-infused cocaine and creates a cheaper product but also causes skin rotting and leaves hideous scars. The immediate effects disappear when the user gets the stuff out of his or her system but it leaves some very noticeable scars.

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