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Veterinary Dewormer Showing Up In Street Cocaine

by Dr. Chris

October 19, 2009 According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) there are traces of the common veterinary dewormer levamisole being found in street cocaine that is being confiscated. The DEA says that about 33% of cocaine seized in 2008 contained some amounts of the veterinary dewormer.


The DEA believes the drug is added to the cocaine in South America before it enters the United States. It is not clear why this is being added as it is relatively expensive.

Levamisole has been shown to increase dopamine levels in animal studies, but is most commonly used as a dewormer in cattle, swine, and sheep.

Levamisole was sold to humans for a while (called Ergamisol) and it was used to treat colon cancer, but was taken off the human market in 2000.

Cocaine mixed with levamisole can cause a condition known as febrile agranulocytosis.

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