Cocaine Can Rot Flesh And Turn Ears Black - And This Is Why

By Muk Khatri in Bizarre On 27th September 2015

#1 The contaminated cocaine can rot your skin and turn your ears black

Cocaine has been linked to heart attacks and psychosis, but doctors are warning the drug could have more devastating side-effects including causing human flesh to rot.

Cocaine arriving in the US and UK is now routinely being cut with a drug called Levamisole, which has devastating side-effects including unsightly sores and ulcers.

Patients treated with the drug, which was designed to kill parasitic infections, saw their white blood counts plummet, meaning they caught more infections, as well as their skin dying and their ears turning black.

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But because of its stimulant qualities, and the fact it is cheaply available in Latin America as a cattle wormer, the drug has become a common ingredient to cut cocaine with.

One woman who arrived at the Saint Francis Hospital in Rotterdam suffering from joint and muscle pain, abdominal pain, and sores on her skin was found to have been taking the contaminated cocaine, the journal BMJ case reports.

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Doctors discovered the cocaine she had taken had been cut with the medication, which had been previously used to treat parasitic infections in humans until the side effects were discovered.

Another woman, whose case was published in 2012, was admitted to hospital with a severe black rash on her face and ears after a three-day crack cocaine binge, the same journal reported.

U.S. drugs officials first sounded the warning over cocaine laced with Levamisol several years ago after a flurry of victims of its flesh-eating side effects in New York and Los Angeles.

In April 2011, a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found that 82 per cent of seized cocaine contained Levamisole.


A 2011 case study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology described six cocaine users plagued with dark purple patches of dying flesh.

The gruesome wounds appear days after a hit because of an immune reaction that attacks the blood vessels supplying the skin, said author Dr Noah Craft, a dermatologist with the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

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