The Department of Health is warning cocaine drug users to be aware of a possible condition brought on by a chemical that’s likely being used to cut cocaine. The acting chief medical health officer of the NWT, Dr. Kami Kandola, says the chemical causes a condition called agranulocytosis which affects the immune system. “People out there who are using cocaine or healthcare providers who suspect someone is using cocaine should advise a cocaine user to seek medical attention especially if they are developing a rash, sores, bad cough or a fever.” Dr. Kandola says a simple blood test will determine whether someone has the condition. There have been two reported cases in the NWT, 10 in B.C. and seven in Alberta. Kandola adds if left untreated, agranulocytosis can be fatal.