Cocaine's a hell of a drug, and even more so when laced with another drug that's commonly used to deworm opossums. Federal agents have found that 69 percent of cocaine shipments seized entering the United States contain levamisole, a veterinary drug linked to serious weakening of the immune system in humans. Here's the real funny part: no one knows why.
This comes from a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the immune system condition, known as agranulocytosis. The paper tracks 21 cases from New Mexico and Washington State linked to cocaine, including one death, but cautions that many more cases have probably gone under the radar of public health officials.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also noted that 69 percent of cocaine shipments seized as of July 2009 contained levamisole. The CDC has since launched a national surveillance effort to continue monitoring the levamisole link to cocaine.
Perhaps as a sign of the times, the toxicology report from the death of DJ AM in August revealed that the celebrity's body contained both cocaine and levamisole, along with a lethal cocktail of other drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, and Benadryl.
A earlier paper unearthed by the Wall Street Journal Health Blog speculated that cocaine producers or suppliers might believe that levamisole enhances cocaine's psychoactive effects, or offsets the drug's less-fun side effects.
If you were looking for a chance to kick the cocaine habit, now seems as good a time as any -- especially with a possible cocaine vaccine on the horizon. But we'd advise opossum owners to avoid cocaine as a substitute for deworming their pet.
[via Wall Street Journal]
How can no one know the reason? This can't be a heavily guarded secret unless 69% of US cocaine is coming from one supplier. What's the world coming to when you can't even find a good honest coke dealer who cuts his product with arm and hammer?
It's cut with a drug that causes the immune system to shrivel up and die for the same reasons there's immune-system attacking chemicals in all the vaccination shots and why there's fluoride in our water(it's not for cleaner teeth, buddy).
The #1 agenda of the worlds super-leaders is de-population. That's right. Call me loony.
Google fluoride toxicity and do some research.
While you're at it, google vaccine squalene. Then google vaccine thermisol.
The only people who endorse this crap are "Officials" of our government and the World Health Organization. And the studies done do "de-bunk" these claims are FUNDED by the same people making the product.
If you see the word "Offical" it's a red flag for "BS"
I'll call you loony.
Good for you.
Good for you.
Looney is a harsh word.
Nucking Futs is more like it.
So what's your theory on this?
Listen man i did research on flouride cause i hear thats it toxic and well it is toxic. But only in large quantities is it toxic. They only put very little amounts of it in our water supply cause it does help fight off cavities and they put it in our toothpaste cause once again its very efficient at preventing cavities. But yes it can be toxic and you can die from it if you are consuming too much of it.
As a sign of levamisole's widespread presence, the toxicology report from the death of DJ AM in August revealed that the celebrity's body contained both cocaine and levamisole.
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Well if you go by the loony's theory it could be plausible, but needs more work. We exist in a country that has a government that has been waging the war on drugs for so long it doesn't know that it is time to give up. Sooo it seems slightly logical. If you are a fanatic war on drugs official that thinks that these drugies are financing terror what can you do when faced with a war that hasn't been wining in a long time. O I know put other chemicals in the drug to make it kill the user faster thus slowing the demand for the drug.
I know I know, my grammar and punctuation suck, I am lazy. Get over it.
This is the type of thing that should cause a major push for the legalization of narcotics in this country. If you bought cocaine from a legitimate pharmacy, it wouldn't ever be cut with dangerous chemicals. Also if it was, there would actually be someone to prosecute, instead of wasting our money having the police seize all the cocaine they can manage without ever even coming close to the source. No amount of law enforcement will ever fix this problem. This country would be much safer and much better of economically if these narcotics were legal.
Have you ever seen a Commie drink a glass of water? Vodka, that's what they drink, never water. On no account will a Commie ever drink water, and not without good reason. Water is the source of all life. Seven-tenths of this earth's surface is water. Why, do you realize that seventy percent of you is water? As human beings, you and I need fresh, pure water to replenish our precious bodily fluids. Are you beginning to understand? I drink only distilled water, or rain water, and only pure-grain alcohol. Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation. Well, do you know what it is? No you don't! Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face. Do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, I tell you, children's ice cream!...You know when fluoridation began?...1946. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works. I first became aware of it during the physical act of love; a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. I can assure you it has not recurred. Women, sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, but I do deny them my essence.
It's because the US regulates the cocaine that comes in this country. So they can take their money and kill them with some inhumane shit at the same time. You are completely right yabbahabba. That one percent of the population that owns 95 percent of the money wants to depopulate us
It's kind of funny how the US spends millions of dollars every year to eliminate the flow of drugs like cocaine into this country, but at the same time is one of the top customers getting cocaine from South American countries. Before you call me nuts, do your research people and stop living BLINDLY
Actually, I'm sure the FEDs already know the reason, but for the rest of you out there, here's the reason.
This drug levamisole is used to de-worm animals and humans. It was eventually found to be unsafe. So, like the rest of the 1st worlds garbage and toxins, some clever person came up with the idea of selling (dumping) or donating these things to 3rd world countries. Find the person or corporation who was responsible for the disposal of this product and then follow the trail.
Most 3rd world countries have free de-worming programs for dogs and other animals, so it's supply is in abundance. Guess what the name of the drug they use in these programs is?!
yabbahabba, fluorine was never added to drinking water to keep teeth cleaner. It improves the hardness of tooth enamel, reducing tooth decay. Iodine added to table salt virtually eliminates thyroid conditions such as goiter. Both fluorine and iodine are lethal in sufficient quantities, but in proper doses, eliminate a great deal of pain and suffering.
If you want to believe conspiracy theories, try buying into the ones that have an element of truth.
You have one hell of a sense of humor, animemaster. You confine your liquid intake to distilled water, grain alcohol, and 'rain water'? For all of your concerns about government sanctioned water contamination, you drink rain water? Ground water is substantially cleaner!! Ground water is rain water that has been stripped of many contaminants by percolating down through rock and sand - natural filters.
FYI, for all the Fox News followers and Palin supporters:
animemaster's post was a quote from a movie.
haha! Which movie?
This thread is full of enough nuts to make into pie.
And I absolutely support nkfro's comment. Putting flouride in our water and iodine in our salt have been two incredible helpful government regulations. It would be a sad world if we still all had to worry about goiter...
LOL Dr. Strangelove, i could tell that oddity anywhere haha. Stanley Kubrick is a genius!
That's what killed my tape worm! Dang it, I was slimming down!
I wholeheartedly agree with bdhoro87. If anyone thinks no one else shares his opinion,see: www.leap.cc/cms/index.php
A little more research might have been in order prior to publication.
Levamisole is also used in humans, the brand name is Ergamisol. It is used as an adjunct to a particular form of chemotherapy - fluorouracil (5-FU). Levamisole is a complex immunomodulator with an unknown mechanism of actions, but when used in this manner it has been shown to restore the depressed immune function associated with the use of 5-FU for chemotherapy.
Yes, agranulocytosis, along with neutropenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia have all been noted in humans receiving the combination of levamisole and 5-FU, but such reactions also occur from the use of 5-FU alone. The incidence of such these adverse events is reportedly very low with levamisole alone, and appears to be more related to the 5-FU, or the combination of the two agents.
What is more interesting (and likely to be a problem) is that levamisole can also cause a nasty reaction to consuming alcohol - nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blotchy skin, hives, etc. So best avoid the cocktails when you are tooting.
How this stuff came to be used to cut cocaine? My guess is that it was the cheapest suitable bulk powder locally available when the product was being prepared for shipment.
Of course we rabid right-wingers know it's from a movie. We even know the movie's name, director and the amazing actor who played about 17 parts in it. We know it because we chant the general's speech at our torchlight rallies.
See, every cliche you have in your tin-foiled protected head about "Palin supporters" is true. So you don't have actually think about anything. You can stay in your feces-smeared room knowing that you're absolutely right about everything.
cocaine.....check, levamisole......check, looks like the party can finally start!
I bought some levamisole for my dog once.
Does this explain why he went bananas and was crapping worms from the branch of one of the trees in the back yard one day?
Cocaine in his deworming drugs?
so yabbahabba since you're so worried about toxic things in our life i thought i'd point out some other things that can be toxic in high quaniites so you know to avoid them; salt, alcohol, fat, tobacco, CO2, CO, N2, O3, dihydrogen monoxide sunlight, and fox news. Now while fox may be a bit of a stretch the rest of those things can be encountered at any time so i suggest you call your government officials. In all honesty the one that is probably the worst is dihydrogen monoxide. Scary stuff.
Let's not turn the Popular Science website into another site filled with political party bashing, please. Leave that for YouTube.
Haha, Ok, so the fox news comment should be left to John Stewart, but everything else ajohnson said was legit. We encounter toxins all the time. You might was well live the rest of your life in a box of lead to avoid the EM radiation from everyone's cell phones.
Or from those damn Commies, right animemaster?
ps. The inanity of this thread is a testament to the fact that no one actually has any legitimate clue as to why cocaine would be cut with a deworming drug, which makes me all the more curious...
Personally I think I'm the only one who really said anything relevant to the article. Oh, and the guy who quoted Strangelove.
Oh and Newbeak5, thanks for that link I never seen that.
As was mentioned before, they do get the anti-worming med. So logic would tell us that they use what material is must abondant to process cocain. So you have your answer. They process the cocain with the worming med.