Si les Feds US proposent une communication d'envergure vers le grand public c'est que ça a l'air inquiétant... Le levamisole
entraîne des troubles neurologiques et des chocs allergiques à hautes doses.http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/602 … ed_cocaine
mais apparemment le levamizole était moins utilisé comme produit de coupe
(en 2005 - voir le détail de l'analyse des saisies par l'ocrtris). Le résultat des analyses 2007 sont dispo pour le public normalement mais je ne les ai que sous forme papier et n'ai pas le lien. Mais c'est trouvable.
Voir aussi:http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/cocaine … cle2.shtml
from Drug War Chronicle, Issue #602, 10/2/09
Three weeks ago, Drug War Chronicle reported on cocaine
cut with the veterinary agent levamisole
and asked what the federal government was doing about it. Ten days later, the feds responded to the situation, with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) issuing a public health alert on September 21.http://stopthedrugwar.org/files/taintedcocainegraph.jpg
The alert, sent out to medical professionals, substance abuse treatment centers, and other public health authorities, warned of the "life-threatening risk" that much of the US cocaine
supply may be adulterated with the veterinary anti-parasitic drug. It has been linked to a serious, sometimes fatal, blood disorder called agranulocytosis, with SAMHSA saying there are at least 20 confirmed or suspected cases and two deaths in the US associated with the tainted cocaine
Despite being first noticed by forensic scientists at least three years ago and by the DEA late last year, there has been little public awareness of the public health threat. SAMHSA expects the number of cases to rise as public and professional awareness spreads.
"SAMHSA and other public health authorities are working together to inform everyone of this serious potential public health risk and what measures are being taken to address it," said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, DDS, MPH.
The addition of levamisole
is believed to be done by Colombian drug traffickers. Ingesting the tainted drug can seriously reduce a person's white blood cells, suppressing immune function and the body's ability to fight off even minor infections. People who snort, smoke, or inject crack
or powder cocaine
contaminated by levamisole
can experience overwhelming, rapidly-developing, life threatening infections, SAMHSA warned. Other serious side effects can also occur.
The DEA is reporting that levamisole
is showed up in over 70% of cocaine
analyzed in July, and authorities in Seattle are reporting that 80% of persons testing positive for cocaine
are also testing positive for levamisole
In its alert, SAMHSA warned that:
THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ILLNESS THAT NEEDS TO BE TREATED AT A HOSPITAL. If you use cocaine
, watch out for:
* high fever, chills, or weakness
* swollen glands
* painful sores (mouth, anal)
* any infection that won't go away or gets worse very fast, including sore throat or mouth sores; skin infections, abscesses; thrush (white coating of the mouth, tongue, or throat); pneumonia (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also getting in on the act. CDC will shortly publish a case report analysis in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and will be working with state public health authorities to collect information on the phenomenon. That information will be "used to guide treatment and prevention initiatives to address this public health concern."
One thing the feds are not doing is coming up with a test kit that would allow users to detect the presence of levamisole
. That's too bad, said Dr. Michael Clark, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center. "I thought to myself, why isn't there a test kit? It is easy to test for," he said. "It would be like testing your hot tub for its chemistry. Take a sample, mix some chemicals together, add a reagant, and see what turns what color."
Clark is working on developing just such a test kit. "It could be used at street level, and it could be used by a lot of public health and harm reduction groups. You want to identify levasimole before people ingest, very much like the Ecstasy
testing. You could do the same thing with cocaine
and levasimole," he said.