Cocaine Can Rot Your Flesh

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Fox News reporting on a Time.com story:

Besides making you edgy and skittish, with a propensity toward emotional highs and lows, cocaine can also rot your skin, according to a study reported Monday by Time.com.

Researchers found that the illegal drug can contain agents that contribute to low white cell count or dying skin tissue, giving people the appearance of wearing rotting flesh.

The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine after a discovery by doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. It was found that women who had a history of cocaine use also tended to have discolorations on various body parts like their cheeks, buttocks, thighs and earlobes.

Those symptoms are consistent with use of the medication levamisole, which is used by veterinarians for de-worming farm animals. “Almost 80 percent of the cocaine coming into this country has levamisole mixed in,” said Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati, a University of Rochester medical professor.

He noted that the medication can cause an inflammation inside the small blood vessels. “The result can be the death of the epidermis or outer layer of skin,” he said.

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  • vicwiz

    lets play spot the junkie.

  • tonyviner

    I knew it would be only a matter of time before someone found something bad to associate with cocaine.

  • Cerebralcaustic

    But let's legalize pot! I'm certain that no one will ever find anything wrong with chronic…

  • E.B. Wolf

    Next on Fox: jerking it really does make you go blind.

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  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic John Doe

    The important thing is that coke is being cut with a freakin’ horse de-worming drug. It’s being cut with this at the source and being imported with the drug already in it. Legalize all drugs and eliminate this nonsense. People do drugs whether they’re legal or not, at least make them reasonably safe through legalization.

  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic Jon Doe

    The important thing is that coke is being cut with a freakin’ horse de-worming drug. It’s being cut with this at the source and being imported with the drug already in it. Legalize all drugs and eliminate this nonsense. People do drugs whether they’re legal or not, at least make them reasonably safe through legalization.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Not that i’m a huge fan of Cocaine, but really i never understand this “xyz drug is bad for you because it is commonly containing a contaminant”

    Cocaine doesnt do it, the contaminant does. (frankly legalization and regulation would prevent this stuff, then we could make real true generalizations about what cocaine does, good or bad).

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Not that i’m a huge fan of Cocaine, but really i never understand this “xyz drug is bad for you because it is commonly containing a contaminant”

    Cocaine doesnt do it, the contaminant does. (frankly legalization and regulation would prevent this stuff, then we could make real true generalizations about what cocaine does, good or bad).

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