Just in case stroke, high blood pressure, and addiction were not enough for cocaine users, doctors are now warning that some cocaine is causing rotting flesh. That hardly fits with the perception of coke as the glamorous drug of the partying set.
Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester and an epidemiologist for the Monroe County Health Department in New York, has published a report of female cocaine users experiencing the flesh rot. They suspect a link to levamisole — a veterinary anti-worming agent used in cattle, sheep and pigs. While once used for humans, it is now barred for such use in the United States. However, it is used to cut cocaine.
In addition to this latest complication, there remains the danger of having your home invaded by dozens of assassins with automatic weapons and having your sister try to kill you in your office:
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