Journal of Forensic Toxicology & PharmacologyISSN: 2325-9841

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Research Article, J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol Vol: 2 Issue: 1

Levamisole in Gastric Content after Unusual Intake of Heroin and Cocaine

Nadia Fucci1* and Ronald Agius2
1Institute of Legal Medicine Catholic University of Rome, Largo Francesco Vito 1- Rome 00168, Italy
2LaborKrone, Siemensstr 40, D-32105, Bad Salzuflen, Germany
Corresponding author : Nadia Fucci
Institute of Legal Medicine Catholic University of Rome, Largo Francesco Vito 1- Rome 00168, Italy
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Received: December 04, 2012 Accepted: March 29, 2013 Published: April 01, 2013
Citation: Fucci N, Agius R (2013) Levamisole in Gastric Content after Unusual Intake of Heroin and Cocaine. J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol 2:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9841.1000102

Abstract

Levamisole in Gastric Content after Unusual Intake of Heroin and Cocaine

Levamisole is an antibiotic medication used to treat colon cancer and is a synthetic imidazothiazole derivative also employed as an antihelminthic to treat worm infestations in both humans and animals. Even if it is not yet well known why levamisole is added to cocaine, the presence of this adulterant is very dangerous, in fact this compound suppresses the production of white blood cells, resulting in neutropenia, agranulocytosis and idiopathic pulmonary hypertension.

Keywords: Levamisole; Adulterant; Cocaine related deaths

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