Updated Winter 2016
Levamisole is still in crack/powder cocaine & is still causing illness
People are still going to Toronto hospitals with serious illness because of cocaine contaminated with levamisole. (It's a toxic substance for de-worming animals.)
Most of the crack/cocaine that is available contains levamisole. You can't tell if crack/cocaine contains levamisole by looking at it, smelling or tasting.
Most people doing cocaine do not get sick. However, the people who do, can have severe infections.
It doesn't matter how you used the cocaine, or what type it is.
If you have any of these symptoms, go to the hospital emergency room immediately:
Dark skin patches appear on your body. At first it looks like a bruise, then it gets darker and forms scabs. The skin can die, and start to come off.
Rapid onset of fever, chills, sore throat, and/or pneumonia ( fever, chills, shortness of breath, coughing).
The infection is treatable. Get help now!
Tell the hospital staff that you use cocaine/crack, and you are worried that your symptoms are from levamisole. They need all the facts to help you, and they need to see you quickly.
If you are a Health Service Professional, please see the Information for Health Professionals.