Tainted Cocaine Found in Drew County, Animal Dewormer Used as “Cutting Agent”August 17th, 2009 by Joe Burgess
According to 10th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney ThomasÂ Deen, aÂ laboratory analysis of cocaine seized in Drew County in May has revealed the presence of a potentially dangerous drug used as a cutting agent to dilute the cocaine. The Arkansas State Crime Lab detected levamisole, a medication that is widely used as an animal dewormer, combined with cocaine base.
Cocaine tainted with Levamisole has been reported to have been found in other areas of the country and is now being increasingly seen in Arkansas. Levamisole can compromise the immune system and wipe out white blood cells in humans, leaving a person unable to fight off infections. It has resulted in very serious illness.
Symptoms can include difficulty in breathing, hives, persistent or recurrent fever or chills, swollen glands, painful sores in the mouth or around the anus, persistent or worsening skin infections, pneumonia, swelling of the lips or tongue, and thrush. Cocaine users experiencing symptoms should consult a physician without delay.