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AP IMPACT: Tainted cocaine kills 3, sickens dozens (levamisole, livestock de-worming drug)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/09 | Jon Gambrell - ap

Posted on 08/31/2009 2:48:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apimpact; cocaine; kills; tainted
so the next time you see a liberal's nostrils flaring,, you'll know why..
1 posted on 08/31/2009 2:48:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

At least they’ll be wormed.


2 posted on 08/31/2009 2:50:26 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Extreme right-winged mob terrorist astroturfing bitter clinging racist birther evilmongering wingnut)
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yahoo teaser to article

DEA: One-third of seized cocaine laced with dangerous medicine


3 posted on 08/31/2009 2:51:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: OB1kNOb

Just don’t walk behind them.


4 posted on 08/31/2009 2:51:33 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: OB1kNOb

Snort. They’ll be high, AND they won’t have worms. What’s not to like?


5 posted on 08/31/2009 2:53:15 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: tet68

And don’t invite them over cause they’ll drag their rear around on your carpet.


6 posted on 08/31/2009 2:54:04 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Extreme right-winged mob terrorist astroturfing bitter clinging racist birther evilmongering wingnut)
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To: NormsRevenge

The coke dealers actually want to kill their customers huh.


7 posted on 08/31/2009 2:56:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m trying to care.


8 posted on 08/31/2009 2:56:31 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Adds meaning to “crack cocaine.”


9 posted on 08/31/2009 2:58:15 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: NormsRevenge

Little Rock. Where Bill & his brother Roger used to snort five lines and topple into garbage cans. How nostalgic.


10 posted on 08/31/2009 3:01:29 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NormsRevenge
Now if the do-gooders would get out of the way, folks would be able to know what they are abusing. The only ones who win here are those on the government payroll, grabbing tons of money from the taxpayers.

Stop the war on drugs, and stop caring about those who abuse drugs.

11 posted on 08/31/2009 3:05:15 PM PDT by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Has it killed any innocent people?


12 posted on 08/31/2009 3:05:30 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: dog breath

That’s really a funny one!


13 posted on 08/31/2009 3:05:35 PM PDT by freeagle
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To: NormsRevenge
Someone better warn Obama.

Anyone??

14 posted on 08/31/2009 3:07:23 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Kennedy complained at 2:55 am to the hotel owner that he had been awoken by a noisy party.)
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To: NormsRevenge

...and exactly what’s wrong with a little natural selection?


15 posted on 08/31/2009 3:09:38 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Obama Garden Club: Nothing but plants.)
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To: Publius6961

Taint the other 2/3 and see if this is a self-correcting problem?


16 posted on 08/31/2009 3:14:11 PM PDT by Ingtar (Obama's Fault: I live in a bowl below sea level)
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To: OB1kNOb
At least they’ll be wormed.

And their colorectal cancer will be treated.

17 posted on 08/31/2009 3:16:01 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Don’t take the brown acid.”


18 posted on 08/31/2009 3:16:33 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: NormsRevenge

Or his butt.


19 posted on 08/31/2009 3:25:01 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: NormsRevenge

Democrat voterbase will be decimated if this keeps spreading.....


20 posted on 08/31/2009 3:28:53 PM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gots to worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gots to buy no gas...Obama gonna take care o' me!")
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To: OB1kNOb

“And don’t invite them over cause they’ll drag their rear around on your carpet.”
LOL!!


21 posted on 08/31/2009 3:34:42 PM PDT by jim35 (A racist is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.)
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To: NormsRevenge

On the bright side, the maggots don’t want to eat them.


22 posted on 08/31/2009 3:35:37 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: NormsRevenge

What you’ll know is that they might not have worms.


23 posted on 08/31/2009 4:46:12 PM PDT by Gator113 (It's about stupidity, stupid. IMPEACH HERE, IMPEACH NOW.)
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To: OB1kNOb

ROFLMAO


24 posted on 08/31/2009 4:51:00 PM PDT by Gator113 (It's about stupidity, stupid. IMPEACH HERE, IMPEACH NOW.)
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