One more reason not to use heroin: anthrax contamination @thebodyhorrors #science


Another informative post from Rebecca Kreston on Body Horrors blog! This time Kreston looks at common contamination of illicit drugs… including a cases of heroin accidentally laced with anthrax. Ooops.

But there is one microbe in particular, one that boasts a tabloid-worthy reputation, that has made a series of unexpected appearances in the past few years among heroin users: anthrax.

Check out the post for tons of info on anthrax, and how its getting into illegal heroin on our streets.

Anthrax is widely feared for its potential as an agent of bioterrorism; the media-induced panic attack that is occasionally invoked usually relies on images of shadowy terrorist cells spraying spores from planes above cities or perhaps into malls filled with aimless shoppers. However, this frightful microbe’s recent entry into our communities was far more insidious and unexpected, relying on an altogether different type of illicit network that spreads harm.

New England alone has seen a huge increase in heroin use over the last year or so, with the Governor’s taking action to fight the epidemic use of the drug. Hopefully the heroin isn’t contaminated….

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