Doctors since eternity have been warning about the health problems connected with cocaine. Now experts are warning it can in fact make a person’s skin rot.
Cocaine coming into the US and UK is now routinely being cut with a drug termed Levamisole, which causes human flesh to wither and die.
It has also turned people’s ears black.
One case was cited by doctors in the journal BMJ case reports. According to doctors one woman suffered horrific skin lesions, which turned out to be due to taking cocaine cut with Levamisole
The skin sores turned out to be due to a condition termed vasculitis – where the blood vessels become inflamed, and the culprit is Leviamosole.
The drug is commonly used by vets as a de-wormer for livestock.
Because of its stimulant qualities it is now being used to cut cocaine.
Levamisole can rot the skin off the noses, ears and cheeks of cocaine users who have accidentally come into contact with it, experts warn.
A 42-year-old woman suffered horrific skin lesions which turned out to be due to taking cocaine cut with Levamisole
Last year UKs Liberal Democrat minister Norman Baker ordered an analysis of seized cocaine shipments which showed that about 80 per cent contained the medicine.
Cocaine is currently being cut at source in nations like Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Bolivia, where Levamisole is cheap and commonly used in agriculture.
A 2011 case study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology cited the case of six cocaine users plagued with dark purple patches of dying flesh.
The gruesome wounds pop up days after a hit due to an immune reaction that attacks the blood vessels supplying the skin.