Levamisole: A High Performance Cutting Agent

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Authors: Nadia Solomon, Jonathan Hayes
Year: 2017
Format: PDF
File Size: 833 KB
Language: English
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Product Code: AFPj_v7i3_469to476

Levamisole: A High Performance Cutting Agent

Nadia Solomon, Jonathan Hayes

ABSTRACT: Levamisole is an imidazothiazole chemical most frequently used as an antihelminthic agent in cattle. Over the last decade, levamisole has been increasingly encountered as an additive in both powder and crack cocaine. A white powder with a “fish scale” appearance, the chemical is physically similar to powder cocaine. In vivo, levamisole is metabolized to aminorex, a compound with amphetamine-like psychostimulatory properties and a long half-life; a priori, this property allows levamisole to potentiate and prolong the stimulatory effects of cocaine while bulking up the drug to increase profit for the dealer. As use of cocaine cut with levamisole becomes more prevalent, complications directly attributable to the chemical are increasingly being recognized.


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