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AP IMPACT: Tainted cocaine kills 3, sickens dozens

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press Writer Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 16 mins ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Nearly a third of all cocaine seized in the United States is laced with a dangerous veterinary medicine - a livestock de-worming drug that might enhance cocaine's effects but has been blamed in at least three deaths and scores of serious illnesses.

The medication called levamisole has killed at least three people in the U.S. and Canada and sickened more than 100 others. It can be used in humans to treat colorectal cancer, but it severely weakens the body's immune system, leaving patients vulnerable to fatal infections.

Scientific studies suggest levamisole might give cocaine a more intense high, possibly by increasing levels of dopamine, the brain's "feel-good" neurotransmitters.

Drug Enforcement Administration documents reviewed by The Associated Press indicate that 30 percent of all U.S. cocaine seizures are tainted with the drug. And health officials told the AP that most physicians know virtually nothing about its risks.

"I would think it would be fair to say the vast majority of doctors in the United States have no idea this is going on," said Eric Lavonas, assistant director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, where as much as half of the cocaine is believed to contain levamisole. "You can't diagnose a disease you've never heard of."

Authorities believe cocaine manufacturers are adding the levamisole in Colombia, before the cocaine is smuggled into the U.S. and Canada to be sold as white powder or crack.

Economic pressures may play a role. Decreased supply in the U.S. has raised cocaine prices and lowered street-level purity. Cocaine traffickers may believe levamisole adds an extra boost to an otherwise weakened product.

Levamisole started showing up frequently in cocaine from Colombia in January 2008. By late last year, the DEA concluded that the spiked cocaine was in wide circulation.

At the same time, hospitals around the country began noticing more cocaine users coming in with agranulocytosis, an illness that suppresses white blood cells necessary to fight off infections.

In Spokane, Wash., a woman in her mid-40s who tested positive for cocaine turned up at a hospital suffering from rashes and other maladies. She eventually died, and the doctor who investigated suspected she had used cocaine laced with levamisole. Doctors suspect levamisole in at least three other illnesses in the Spokane area.

"It's hard to know where this contamination (is), in what part of the country it's located, because there's really no systematic testing for it," said Dr. Joel McCullough, health officer for the Spokane area.

"I don't think it's on the radar of a lot of people, so if there are some other symptoms, I don't know if many clinicians would think to consider that."

Other suspected levamisole deaths occurred in New Mexico and in Alberta, Canada.

Many other people have become gravely ill, including about a dozen patients in Denver and 10 more in Seattle. At least one patient in each city required intensive care or extensive surgery.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers suggested that the medication might increase dopamine in the brain, as it has in previous animal experiments.

Levamisole "elevates opiate levels in various brain regions, like codeine and morphine," said Don LeGatt, a clinical toxicologist at the University of Alberta who has studied levamisole in cocaine. "Once you get those elevated, people tend to feel fairly comfortable and not too bad."

The tainted cocaine has received only limited attention in the U.S., though federal authorities are monitoring its use, said Paul Knierim, a DEA spokesman in Washington.

"I think the message is the same: Don't use cocaine, it's a dangerous drug," Knierim said.

Doctors and hospitals remain largely unaware of the cocaine additive. A spokesman for the New Mexico health department said his office plans to write a piece for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention newsletter in September.

LeGatt said doctors should consider levamisole exposure in cases where otherwise healthy adults or newborn babies come down with infections because of low white blood cell counts. But the levamisole only appears in urine for a few days after exposure, meaning tests should be done as soon as possible.

"When they ask their patients, they're probably going to deny that they use cocaine," he said. "But I think it's important for physicians to persevere to try and elucidate whether or not it is the cause."

In Denver, after word spread about levamisole in cocaine, one man who fell ill asked a doctor if the "animal drug" could have been making him sick. Health officials including Lavonas say the public needs to be warned about the dangers.

"It's not like you can put it on the bottle," he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090831/ap_on_re_us/us_drug_war_tainted_cocaine


[Edited on 9/2/2009 by Angelemerald]

 

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  posted on 8/31/2009 at 06:43 PM
BUMP....no pun intended.

 

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  posted on 8/31/2009 at 06:43 PM
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  posted on 8/31/2009 at 08:30 PM
Scary stuff in my book. But hey, I'm 51 and think coke is for losers. I knew a few coke heads back when I was in my 20's. Childish thing to do for childish stupid people. But I guess if you think you won't be the one who gets the bad batch, or that you won't be the one who has a stroke, coke makes you feel like you are a star. A big bright star. So I guess if you need to feel like that way, coke is the drug for you.

Most people I know went to therapy and learned how to deal with their problems and addictions and how to feel real self esteem instead of the pseudo self esteem that coke gives. But I guess if you have no time for therapy, coke will work to help you feel like you are oh so together. I guess until you're down in the hole, down in the gutter, bumming for cigarettes, in the American zone.

Though I don't think coke is a joking matter at all. It makes people very paranoid. It makes them scratch and pick at their skin and heads and faces. It makes them rub their noses like sniveling little kids. It makes them want to paint the windows black cause they think everyone is out to get them. Of course I knew people who had a lot of money so it wasn't just a gram here or there, but an eightball every few days, or even every day. It's a very sad situation. Anyone caught in coke's lure is a person who needs help pronto.

I've seen a few people lose everything because they would not heed caution by people who had the guts to say something to them.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2009 at 08:54 PM
News such as this help make the case for legalization of some narcotics. If the govt manufactured and distributed, we could balance the budget and control the quality of product. It is sad to think about this, but the war on drugs is a total failure.The supply is never shut down, and the demand is never going away. It is time to try something different. Maybe this buisness should be handled by someone other than the criminal scumbags. jmho

 

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AP source: DJ AM autopsy finds pills in stomach

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer Colleen Long, Associated Press Writer – 28 mins ago

NEW YORK – DJ AM had prescription pills in his stomach and one in his throat when police found him dead in his apartment, a New York City official said Wednesday.

The official told The Associated Press that six pills were found in the celebrity disc jockey's stomach and that the pill in his throat appeared to be the powerful painkiller OxyContin.

The official didn't know how strong a dose each pill contained and wasn't sure what kind of pills were in DJ AM's stomach.

The official was familiar with the preliminary autopsy report released last week but was not authorized to talk publicly about it and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 36-year-old, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, was found Friday evening in his apartment in New York City's trendy SoHo neighborhood after a friend called 911. Paramedics had to break down the door before they found him, shirtless and wearing sweat pants, in his bed around 5:20 p.m. There was no evidence of foul play.

A crack pipe and prescription pill bottles were discovered there. Final autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

Goldstein had openly discussed past addictions to crack cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs. In October, MTV was to debut his reality show, "Gone Too Far," in which he and concerned families staged interventions for drug abusers. MTV hasn't said whether Goldstein's show will air.

In an interview with the AP last month, he said the show provided a "terrifying" reminder of his own addiction.

Goldstein was critically hurt in a plane crash last September in Columbia, S.C., that killed four people. He was flying in a Learjet after a performance with Travis Barker, a drummer for the pop-punk band Blink-182 and Goldstein's partner in the duo TRVSDJ-AM.

Barker and Goldstein were burned. Goldstein had to get skin graft surgery but resumed performing about a month later. Over the weekend, Blink-182 pulled out of a show in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., saying band members were grieving over the death of their friend.

Goldstein rose to fame several years ago as a DJ known for his mashups — blends of at least two songs. He performed in clubs, on concert stages and at exclusive Hollywood parties. His personal life also garnered attention, as he dated actress-singer Mandy Moore and reality TV star Nicole Richie.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090902/ap_on_en_mu/us_dj_am;_ylt=Av6HMmSW.HvuA Hz_gI8QistvzwcF;_ylu=X3oDMTJkZXFuZ2duBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwOTAyL3VzX2RqX2FtBG Nwb3MDNQRwb3MDMgRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDYXBzb3VyY2VkamFt

 

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  posted on 9/2/2009 at 02:02 PM
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News such as this help make the case for legalization of some narcotics. If the govt manufactured and distributed, we could balance the budget and control the quality of product. It is sad to think about this, but the war on drugs is a total failure.The supply is never shut down, and the demand is never going away. It is time to try something different. Maybe this buisness should be handled by someone other than the criminal scumbags. jmho


I completely agree...."The drug war is over and the drugs won."

 

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  posted on 9/2/2009 at 02:07 PM
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AP source: DJ AM autopsy finds pills in stomach

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer Colleen Long, Associated Press Writer – 28 mins ago

NEW YORK – DJ AM had prescription pills in his stomach and one in his throat when police found him dead in his apartment, a New York City official said Wednesday.

The official told The Associated Press that six pills were found in the celebrity disc jockey's stomach and that the pill in his throat appeared to be the powerful painkiller OxyContin.

The official didn't know how strong a dose each pill contained and wasn't sure what kind of pills were in DJ AM's stomach.

The official was familiar with the preliminary autopsy report released last week but was not authorized to talk publicly about it and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 36-year-old, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, was found Friday evening in his apartment in New York City's trendy SoHo neighborhood after a friend called 911. Paramedics had to break down the door before they found him, shirtless and wearing sweat pants, in his bed around 5:20 p.m. There was no evidence of foul play.

A crack pipe and prescription pill bottles were discovered there. Final autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

Goldstein had openly discussed past addictions to crack cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs. In October, MTV was to debut his reality show, "Gone Too Far," in which he and concerned families staged interventions for drug abusers. MTV hasn't said whether Goldstein's show will air.

In an interview with the AP last month, he said the show provided a "terrifying" reminder of his own addiction.

Goldstein was critically hurt in a plane crash last September in Columbia, S.C., that killed four people. He was flying in a Learjet after a performance with Travis Barker, a drummer for the pop-punk band Blink-182 and Goldstein's partner in the duo TRVSDJ-AM.

Barker and Goldstein were burned. Goldstein had to get skin graft surgery but resumed performing about a month later. Over the weekend, Blink-182 pulled out of a show in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., saying band members were grieving over the death of their friend.

Goldstein rose to fame several years ago as a DJ known for his mashups — blends of at least two songs. He performed in clubs, on concert stages and at exclusive Hollywood parties. His personal life also garnered attention, as he dated actress-singer Mandy Moore and reality TV star Nicole Richie.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090902/ap_on_en_mu/us_dj_am;_ylt=Av6HMmSW.HvuA Hz_gI8QistvzwcF;_ylu=X3oDMTJkZXFuZ2duBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwOTAyL3VzX2RqX2FtBG Nwb3MDNQRwb3MDMgRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDYXBzb3VyY2VkamFt



Sad. I have read in several places that he and Barker were just overwhelmed with guilt that they were alive and others were dead from that crash. Perhaps the pain consumed him.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2009 at 06:42 PM
Oxyclean & Cocaine????


 

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  posted on 9/3/2009 at 08:06 PM
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Oxyclean & Cocaine????




Worked for Billy Mays!

 

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News such as this help make the case for legalization of some narcotics. If the govt manufactured and distributed, we could balance the budget and control the quality of product. It is sad to think about this, but the war on drugs is a total failure.The supply is never shut down, and the demand is never going away. It is time to try something different. Maybe this buisness should be handled by someone other than the criminal scumbags. jmho


I completely agree...."The drug war is over and the drugs won."


the drugs are still winning, unfortunately, since the war wages on.

like in the previous "prohibition"
the black market it created was worse
than the drug itself

eliminate the black market
"educate don't incarcerate"

no bump or pun intended

and how about the gross injustice of
mandatory sentencing and rock v. powder

man, what are our 'leaders' thinking?

and why do we put up with it?

 

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Oxyclean & Cocaine????


Back in the 70's I witnessed a crazy eff'er drink a can of liquid Drano at a party.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2009 at 09:09 PM
Kinda reminds me of the scene in a Cheech N Chong movie where the woman snorted Ajax

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  posted on 9/4/2009 at 11:18 AM
Apparently drugs being illegal hasn't stopped anyone who wants to become a user from becoming one. Legal or not the question is why people become drug addicts? They have something wrong in their life or their thinking or their emotional make up and they need therapy and rehabilitation and unfortunately the country gets away with AA type programs as the primary type of resources out there for people becasue all the money goes into the criminal injustice system instead. While AA type programs has helped a lot of people it isn't for everyone and there are a lot of people who need other kinds of intervention.

Fortunately now (Opioid addictions) heroin, Oxycontin and other opium derivative drug addictions can now be treated by private doctors with Buprenorphine prescriptions. It's very good for people who think they should not go on methadone or go into inpatient treatment because they hold jobs.

I know a few people who need to attend to their drug addiction this way before the drug attends to them.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2009 at 11:18 AM
Of course there is no treatment for coke. You just have to tough it through and stop huffing it up your nose. Oh I forgot skin popping it or smoking it. There is that too.

Basically you have get rid of the people who bring you down into the hole, down into the gutter and who make you want to do drugs like a junkie in the first place. That and love yourself enough to feel like you deserve a life without addiction. And usually that means getting rid of the people who bring you down, like Whitney finally did. Never underestimate the power of loving yourself. It makes all the difference.

And just cause you have a job, don't think you aren't a junkie. It is a delusion that can kill you.



[Edited on 9/4/2009 by Angelemerald]

 

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  posted on 9/4/2009 at 11:40 AM
Somebody needs to get off of their high horse about the dreaded white powder. I don't use, and never have used, cocaine. But I know many people who have. Some were losers and addicts. Some just used some on the weekends or once in a while. Believe it or not, not everyone who uses cocaine gets addicted. Some use it recreationally, like weed or booze.

Do you smoke weed or drink?? I know many who do both and some are truly addicted losers who ruin their lives and the lives of those around them. However, I know many who just use it recreationally and lead fine upstanding lives.

In fact, I would say booze has ruined far more lives, on a whole, than cocaine.

Just saying, don't be so quick to generalize.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2009 at 12:11 PM
Mule75, you can get off on what ever white horse you want to.

I'll stay on my high horse cause I am not a coke head drug addict. Nor do I drink.

But you are right booze is also for losers when not in moderation.

Now add cocaine, plus pain pills, plus booze and you have a prescription for FAILURE such as a heart attack or a stroke, not to mention ruining the mind, body and soul.

Coke is a crap drug. Coke addiction means paranoia, scratching, and the heebie jeebies. As well as muddled thinking and numbness in your mind, body and soul which results in inertia. Makes a grown up think like a person who wants to kill him or her self.

And no I'm not talking about your occasional user who has only enough money for a half gram or gram of coke once in a while but those mighty people who have plenty of money to become coke addicts using 8 balls a day or every two days.

I am 51 and have learned how to deal with my problems and issues like an adult instead of person who thinks drug abuse is the way.

People can get out of this kind of drug abuse but it takes work and the will to change as well as growing up and taking responsibility for your self, your behavior and your emotions. Not just blaming everyone else or wallowing in self pity expecting your life to get straightened out without any effort or determination. It is easy to stay an addict and hard work to stop. I feel for people who get caught cause I know they did not really want to, but they are the only one who can make a difference in their life. No one else. They have to want to live and they have to want to love and they have to want to get rid of whomever and what ever is bringing them to drug abuse in the first place.

And if you don't like what I have to say then too bad. Don't read my threads. Drug abuse is very different than recreational use.



[Edited on 9/4/2009 by Angelemerald]

 

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