Our clinic recently received an alert from the local department of public health warning of tainted cocaine. Apparently there has been a glut of cocaine laced with levamisole, a veterinary medicine that can cause agranulocytosis in people. Here’s a recent story by the New York Times: “Tainted Cocaine Kills 3, Sickens Dozens.”
Coincidentally, I saw a patient today who admitted to recreational cocaine use. Like a good doobie, I provided her with the brand new “Cocaine Alert” patient flier. Public health outreach win!! The patient asked for extras so she could give some to her friends. The patient, a 40-something year old woman, also added “I’m going to show this to my daughter because she’s the one who’s always getting me to use coke.” Umm…great. That’s a very sweet family dynamic.