Cocaine Adulterants

Cocaine is often cut with adulterants in order to increase profits for dealers. Usually the substances that are added are chosen because they match the appearance and have a similar numbing effect like cocaine does.

Common Adulterants

  • Caffeine
  • Dilitizem
  • Glucose
  • Hydroxyzine
  • Lactose
  • Levamisole
  • Lidocaine
  • Phenacetin
  • Procaine
  • Starch

* Link here for more information on these adulterants

Purity

In Australia cocaine’s purity levels are pretty low. As can be seen in the chart purity ranges from an average of 30% to as little as 10% across the nation, compared to the average purity in North America at 56%. Levamisole, diltiazem and hydroxyzine have been found in Australia’s cocaine supply.
Resources Used

Click to access cut-a-guide-to-the-adulterants-bulking-agents-and-other-contaminants-found-in-illicit-drugs.pdf

https://www.crimecommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/iddr-2010-11-cocaine.pdf

https://www.erowid.org/chemicals/cocaine/cocaine_article2.shtml

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