So take this all with a grain of salt, as if there is one report of something happening, it may have a good chance of ending up in the literature and then on Medscape, but really because it is an oddity, and not at all the norm. OTOH, I've heard more and more reports of the levamisole and I know it to be a fairly widespread problem nowadays. Off topic, who figures these things out??? I mean, who tries snorting levamisole and says "hey this stuff is good!" it's a deworming agent given to animals, who even THOUGHT to try it???
I did some research on levamisole. The source and its website is listed below each quote. Emphasis is mine in the quotes.
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"Eighty-two percent of seized cocaine contains levamisole, according to an April 2011 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.” ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellnes...ry?id=13902353
“Levamisole appears to be added to cocaine from the outset, in the countries of origin. The substance has been found in various concentrations in cocaine analyzed in countries around the world, from Switzerland to Australia. And urine tests of cocaine users attending a drug clinic at San Francisco General Hospital in 2009 — one floor above Graf's office — found that 90% of samples were positive for levamisole; similar tests in Seattle revealed that 80% of cocaine users there had levamisole in their systems.” Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...955112,00.html
“Eldo Kuzhikandathil, assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, suggests that levamisole may indirectly increase the number of D1 dopamine receptors in the brain by affecting gene expression there. 'Cocaine increases D1 expression,' he says, 'and this [levamisole] would probably accentuate that,' which could enhance both highs and craving."
“Alcohol should be avoided or used with caution while taking levamisole.”
“Levamisole side effects
If you experience any of the following serious side effects from levamisole, seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
• an allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
• decreased bone marrow function or blood problems (extreme fatigue; or fever, chills, or signs of infection); or
• nervous system problems (confusion or loss of consciousness, extreme fatigue, memory loss, muscle weakness, numbness or tingling; seizure, speech disturbances).”
It seems implausible to me that her parents were the people who leaked the information. For one, they've said a number of times now that they are on board with LE and it's hard for me to imagine them doing anything that LE would consider harmful to the investigation.
That her parents are the source of the leak seems even less likely to me because of the tone of the quotes. For example, "As for this idea that she was Florence Nightingale and taking him back because she was concerned, she wasn't in any condition to take care of herself, let alone another human being," is hard for me to imagine coming out of her mother's or father's mouth.
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Keep in mind the "leak" may not be factually accurate; I've seen more than one leak that had those in-the-know wondering what they were talking about.
Anyone who would jeopardize an investigation is a lowlife anyway IMHO.
even if the leak is planted it may not be factually accurate... there are lots of reasons why misinformation can move the investigation forward...
This is off topic, but I'm curious if there is a way on this website to gauge interest in a certain thread/topic. I know when a story/crime is fresh in the news there is always alot of traffic here, but this case is about two months old, and there is always a high number of people viewing this post. *Currently 41(11 members, 30 non) are on this thread. Even overnight there is like 10-12. That seems like a high number t me in comparison to other cases at the two month mark. Especially since there really have been no breaks in the case.
*I tried to post this earlier, but it didn't work. Those were the numbers at the time.
In regards to the 'leaked video" and the recent story in lohud - could it be that a friend or someone say who lived in Smallwood was asked to review the video to help identify the persons shown on the video?
I am thinking of someone who early on had a very chatty relationship with the gannet reporters but who may have decided to go anonymous from now on with her information.
Having said that, the "Florence Nightingale" reference seems something an older person would say rather than a college student.
Our colleges and universities are becoming more dangerous, and therefore, this case is extremely troubling to middle-aged people (like myself), who have been raised to think of college as a wholly beneficial experience. Parents of teenagers are probably wondering if they should send their children away to study with even the best dorms are plagued by drug trafficking and violence.
Muddy water in the street; Muddy water 'round my feet... as sung by the inimitable Bessie Smith, "Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)"
OK, I was in bed with this case roiling around in my mind and a couple of things occurred to me.
I can no longer find the story on TG's blog, but at one time he had some tweets by AB. One of them said: Give T an adderall and a flashlight and he will find LS.
Note that he did not say Give T an adderall and he will find LS.
Why did he mention a flashlight and where would you need a flashlight to find someone? What dark place is in the area where LS was last seen?
It seems to me that the ZO/AB crowd would not necessarily hang with the DB/CR/MB/JR crowd, unless there is some common thread we don't know about. Perhaps ZO is the enforcer for someone higher up the food chain.
Was ZO at SW to see DR?
Didn't someone indicate that DR and JR were roommates their freshman year and got into some trouble?
Just trying to connect some dots.
One thing that's always bothered me about this case is the amount of construction going on, both near 5 North and in the immediate area. It spooks me, actually. But all of that must have been checked and rechecked. What about crawlspaces in nearby buildings or something like that? Maybe something obvious, with the implication being that T can't see what's right in front of him. Like the dumpster?
I'm on my way to bed, but I'll think on it some more later today ...
Last edited by imkeylime; 07-29-2011 at 01:56 AM. Reason: one more thought
Why did JR allegedly say to LS that if she could get to the corner without stumbling, he would let her go home? How did he know that she had been stumbling earlier? Had someone told him? I realize she might have been stumbling around his apt. but something doesn't add up here.
Maybe LS did not go to JR's when she left CR/MB's place. Maybe she decided to go home and was stumbling along when she encountered the person the 3:38 witness described.
Maybe that person was with an enforcer who instructed him to take LS to JR's and the carrier told JR that LS was stumbling and to take care of her.
As someone mentioned, DD's do not want to be around when someone is OD'ing or in trouble, so the carrier leaves JR with LS, considering it JR's problem.
One thing that has always bothered me is that JR got out of town fast, some reports say the morning of June 3, before he could be questioned by police in person. Is he the POI that LE said they were sure would be available if they needed to question him? Has he fled to Barcelona or Israel so that he cannot be questioned directly?
When LE first started talking about the white truck, they mentioned a car. Then they made a big deal about the truck but never mentioned the car again. I would think any vehicle in the area at the time LS disappeared would be of interest.
TG said that when he tried to interview the 3:38 witness a second time, she would not talk to him. I believe his words were, "Somebody got to her." Perhaps that witness saw something important but it was tipping LE's hand and they didn't want to give any POI's a heads up that they had that information.
And when LE said that there is nothing on the video at that time, could that mean that the video did show something 2, 5 or 10 minutes earlier or later?
When one turns the corner onto College from 11th St., how far is it before the video cameras pick that person up?
My interpretation: Does not quite accuse the person or group of killing LS or causing her death, but rather states that LS's life or quality of life is not their priority. The accusation is only that they put own material gain or advantage first.But outside all that goodness, I've learned there lurks an evil, a cruel, heartless element that cares more about themselves than the life of my daughter.
Of course, a truly heartless and completely selfish person would be completely unmoved by such a accusation; therefore, maybe the author suspects that this person or group actually does care about morality or at least wishes to be appear as having good morals.
The person or group is not proactively committing a crime, nor have they necessarily committed any crime at any point; but rather they morally err in their failure to act. They are not saying something that should be said, or not doing something that should be done.That this element of humanity exists in the world is beyond comprehension. Your silence is deafening.
The person or group is a passive bystander who observes the situation and fails to act, rather than an aggressive criminal.Your lack of compassion is irreprehensible. Your lack of respect for another human being which allows you to go day, by day, watching is unimaginable.
The person or group should consider their religious or moral principles.Everyone is put on this earth for a purpose.
Directed towards esp. younger people, who will have decades to live with the guilt if they do not do the right thing now.Everyone has a defining moment. In the blink of an eye Lauren disappeared. Do not let this be your defining moment.
Means that these silent watchers have taken her family's faith in humanity and the future, and not that they actually abducted LS.You have no idea what you have taken from us.
JMO: this message is intended to persuade friends and acquaintances of LS to come forward with any info they may have.
Therefore, the message seems to imply that this case was not a stranger abduction; since anyone reporting LS being seen with a stranger would not be harming their own self-interest.
Nor does it imply that a young person might not being coming forward due to loyalty to a friend or boyfriend. They put their self-interest first.
Whoever is not telling the family or the proper authorities where LS is or what happened that morning is gaining in some material way from not doing so.
The message does not seem to consider the possibility of any actual antipathy on the part of the watchers.
Laugh as you may about particular drugs, especially certain combos.. But they are 100% real, accurate, and used..
The cocaine and LSD stated that they don't go together(or something along those lines) couldnt be more wrong.. They absolutely are used together and even has it's own name of "candy flipping"..
So while some opinions may be that these are not really a possibility so they should be taken with a grain of salt.. The proof is in the fact that these drugs are used and they are used in combination with each other and are so regularly or widely used that they even have their own "names" just as LSD and cocaine taken together has it's own " name "..
Just an FYI..