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Where Do You Complain If Your Cocaine Is Bad?

December 20, 2008

A bunch of people in British Columbia are reportedly in hospital because they snorted bad cocaine. It looks like the coke was cut with levamisole, which is an antibiotic used to treat worms in animals’ bowels. The contamination causes these snorters to develop abnormally low white blood cell counts, hindering their abilities to fight infection.

People who stuff this crap into themselves can suffer fever, swollen glands, skin infections and painful sores sores around their mouths and on their buttholes. Also pneumonia. The National Post reported on this Thursday, quoting an advisory warning from the B.C. health office: “Such severe suppression of the immune system can result in minor infections becoming fatal if not treated quickly.”

One one level, I have nothing but sympathy for these sick people. On another: why were you taking the cocaine in the first place? Listen, kids, this is why drugs are bad. Well, it’s one of the many, many reasons. Sure, it’s party time, you want to get a good buzz going … but do you want to wake up in a hospital bed, bleeding from your ass while a doctor tells you you might not make it? You don’t know what you’re putting in your body. Someone diluted this stuff to boost profits, and people are hurting as a result.

Of course, there’s no way to trace the culprit, because it’s cocaine. It’s not like last summer’s tainted meat problem here in Canada; the responsible company just announced a $27-million settlement to people affected by the listeriosis in the cold cuts.

No, these ailing coke fiends have no recourse. So remember that too, kids: if you’re made sick by bad coke, you can’t sue.

Scary stuff.

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