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September 26, 1977

Cocaine-condom Ingestion: Surgical Treatment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Miami.

JAMA. 1977;238(13):1391-1392. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280140069024

We report one survivor and two deaths from cocaine toxicity. Cocaine, packaged in condoms, was deliberately ingested to avoid detection by customs agents. Because cocaine is a toxic drug, we recommend surgical removal of the ingested packages, as alternative methods of removal are unreliable and potentially dangerous.

(JAMA 238:1391-1392, 1977)