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The authors state that laxatives are to be used in management of body
packers. We urge caution with the use of oil based laxatives.
Oil based laxatives may reduce the tensile strength and "burst"
volume of latex products. This may prove fatal. A massive gastrointestinal
release of cocaine has been reported after the administration of oil-based
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