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Cocaine cut with animal de-wormer is making user's skin rot

The damage to the user's face caused by the Levamisole (PIC via BMJ)
The damage to the user's face caused by the Levamisole (PIC via BMJ)

Cocaine is obviously bad for you but with up to 80 per cent of the drug cut with a product called Levamisole, it is even more dangerous than you think.

A study in the British Medical Journal has revealed just how dangerous this new trend is for users of the illegal drug.

They published photos of a 42-year-old woman who had taken cocaine cut with Levamisole, a de-wormer given to cattle and horses.

She had lesions on her face while her ears had turned black. She also had pains in her joints, muscles and abdominal pain.

Levamisole was banned for use on humans after it was discovered that it reduced white blood cell counts, increasing the risk of infections while damage to blood cells in the extremities like fingers, nose and ears can lead to the skin rotting and turning black.

For years, cocaine arrived in Europe pure from South America and other cutting agents such as baking powder or glucose were used to increase the size of the batches.

Now the drugs are often cut before the smuggling process begins and a study of seized drugs in the UK last year found 80 per cent of cocaine had Levamisole in it.