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Cocaine remains the second most popular illicit drug in the United States, behind only marijuana. (1) While the average purity levels of street cocaine in the United States increased in the year 2016, it still remained only about 62% pure. (2)

By the time cocaine reaches the average customer, it has been cut with various substances in order to increase profit margins.

Here we go over some of the cutting agents found in cocaine that may shock you.

1) Boric Acid

Boric acid is used for various industrial reasons, such as insecticide, weatherproofing, and as aA man is about to ingest a cocaine cutting agent fireproofing fabric. It is a common agent for cutting cocaine due to its similar appearance.

2) Laxatives

Laxatives can be commonly found laced in cocaine, mainly due to their similar appearance to the drug. Many long-time users will actually incorrectly attribute cocaine use to causing them to need to use the restroom, when in reality it is the cutting agent.

3) Diltiazem

Diltiazem is used for the treatment of various heart conditions, such as high blood pressure and angina. The combination of diltiazem and cocaine can be quite dangerous due to their effects on the heart.

4) Mannitol

Mannitol is a medication used as a diuretic and as an aid for testing kidneys. It is commonly used to cut cocaine due to its ability to keep cocaine a powder and stop it from caking up.

5) Phenacetin

Phenacetin is a painkiller similar to acetaminophen that is commonly found as a cutting agent in cocaine due to its similar appearance. Phenacetin is believed to be a carcinogen and only adds to the dangers of cocaine. (3)

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6) Fentanyl

Fentanyl is responsible for the explosion in drug overdose deaths in the United States. While most of these are related to the Opioid Epidemic, cocaine laced with fentanyl has been reported countless times. This has led to an increase in cocaine overdose deaths in the last few years. (4)

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016.pdf
  2. https://ndews.umd.edu/sites/ndews.umd.edu/files/dea-2016-national-drug-price-purity-data.pdf
  3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/8040690.stm
  4. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/fentanyl-cocaine-how-contamination-happens-735155/