Horrific images of users emerge as first cases of flesh eating homemade heroin substitute that is mixed with gasoline are reported in Arizona
September 25, 2013
The first cases of a terrifying new drug called 'Krokodil' that eats flesh from the inside out, is flammable and leaves addicts with reptilian-like skin have been reported this week in Arizona - and the state fears the beginning of an epidemic.
Popular in Russia, Krokodil is homemade, is three-times cheaper than heroin and created by mixing codeine with gasoline or oil, filtering it and then injecting the rancid concoction into the users body.
Banner's Poison Control Center most likely encountered the drug when two addicts arrived in emergency rooms with their flesh hanging off their body, exposing bone or with skin resembling that of a crocodile, hence its name.
'We've had two cases this past week that have occurred in Arizona,' said Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner's Poison Control Center to KPHO.Com.
'As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States that are reported. So we're extremely frightened,' he continued.
Continual use of Krokodil causes blood vessels to burst, leaving skin green and scaly among addicts eventually causing gangrene and their flesh to begin to rot.
Rabid use in Russia has caused up to 2.5 million people to register and seek treatment as addicts and the average life span for a user is only two to three years.
'When drug users do it repeatedly, the skin sloughs. It causes hardening of their skin. It will cause necrosis,' explained LoVecchio.
'Where there is smoke there is fire, and we're afraid there are going to be more and more cases,' said LoVechhio.
In Russia, Krokodil usage is spreading like a virus among young people and according to a Time magazine investigation, even those who manage to quit their addiction come away disfigured for life.
Some users in Russia develop brain damage and speech impediments in addition to the horrific scars.
Krokodil, whose medical name is desomorphine, has the same mental effect as heroin but is produced with over-the-counter codeine and mixed with gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid and even the red phosphorous scraped from the tips of matches.
Prevalent in Siberia and the Russian Far East, the explosion of users began in 2002, but over the past five years in Russia, usage has trebled.
In 2011 alone, Russia's Federal Drug Control Service confiscated 65 million doses.
The flesh rotting that is specific to Krokodil occurs directly at the injection site which could be anywhere from the feet to the forehead to the more traditional arms.
According to Time magazine, 'Gangrene and amputations are a common result, while porous bone tissue, especially in the lower jaw, often starts to dissipate, eaten up by the drug's acidity.'
Effects of Krokodil: This Russian man is suffering the side-effects of Krokodil use - Banner's Poison Control Center in Arizona says the two first cases of people using a drug that can rot flesh have been reported
This man's foot shows symptoms of gangrene and scaliness associated with addiction to Krokodil
An individual's fingers are rotting away
Scales: The drug is called Krokodil because it leaves users with scaly skin akin to that of a crocodile
Re: "Krokodil" is new illegal drug, which mixes codeine with gasoline, and eats your
Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
If might makes the flesh fall of your bones and people still use it, it must be an incredible high.
People use it because their lives are desperate and hopeless, and they can't get anything better. See that Vice video, those users are all well aware of what awaits them and they don't care - they don't expect to live another year.
I'm surprised it would make it to the US though - I didn't think there would be too many people so desperate here who wouldn't otherwise be able to locate a 'normal' drug.
More drug war casualties, really. Keep making the relatively safer drugs difficult and expensive to obtain, and people turn to this crap, stupid as it may be.
Sell weed and MDMA at 7/11, and see how long this stuff survives. Not long I'd guess. Sure prior users and addicts may stick out for a while, but new users will wane.
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