Within the last three months have kokainprøver from a rural background in the copenhagen district Vesterbro shown a frightening increase of the hazardous substance levamisol.
It is the independent institution of the Men's Home, which houses and helps homeless and drug addicts, who now warns against the extremely dangerous drug that is in circulation.
In a Facebook lookup, write to levamisol, which is also known under the name of 'chemical aids', is found in many kokainprøver that have been through the institution's stoftestapparat.
Stoftestapparatets the scanners have been in use since april of 2017. They can give an insight in the substance composition in, for example, cocaine, and here have we seen the large increase of levamisol in the samples.
In the beginning there was purity in kokainprøverne surprisingly high, but it has changed now.
'In recent times, we have seen many kokainprøver, containing levamisol', sounds the opening in the advertisement.
the Men's Home, explains that the levamisol can make users more susceptible to infections like influenza, pneumonia and MRSA.
- It kills some of the white blood cells. The consequence can be that you have worse wound healing. Another side effect has been the purple spots on the skin and damaged tissue, " explains Maria. Schultz, who works as a nurse at the Men's Home, to TV2 Lorry.
the Men's Home estimate that there are about 10,000 stofindtag a month among their users, while nurses like Mary. Schultz only test the 60 samples in the same period.
But even if it does not sound like much, they can be very crucial, says principal Ivan Christensen.
- It is important because it can give us a knowledge of what is in the substances, which our users take. We can guide them about the risks there may be. So we can better organise the processing in relation to it.
- for example, If there is one who takes drugs with a very high concentration, so that we can make him aware that it is something they must take in very small doses, and it can probably mean that you can help to save their lives, he says on to TV2 Lorry.
the Men's home will provide to last in Facebook-the lookup, users must contact the staff if they experienced any of the mentioned side effects.
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