Flesh-eating Drug ‘Krokodil’ Surfaces in US
A powerful heroin-like drug that rots flesh and bone has appeared in Arizona. This is its first reported appearance in the United States, an Arizona health official says. Known on the street as “Krokodil,” this homemade opiate is made from over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol. When it’s injected, the concoction destroys a user’s tissue, turning the skin scaly and green like a crocodile. Festering sores, abscesses and blood poisoning are common.
The drug — chemically called desomorphine — popped up around 2002 in Siberia and the Russian Far East but has swept across the country in just the past three years, according to a Time magazine investigation.
The average life expectancy among Krokodil addicts in Russia is two to three years, according to Time, which called the narcotic “the most horrible drug in the world.” Gangrene and amputations are common, and the toxic mix dissolves jawbones and teeth, much like the methamphetamine.
Drug abuse is no stranger in the United States. However, it is up to every individual to become educated about this particular drug. Even if you are a drug addict yourself, if you hear of or see this drug, avoid it at all cost. Then educate those who are exposing themselves to it. The next step would be to anonymously turn these individuals in even if its against everything you believe in. You just might save several lives.
A Warning to ALL ! : Do not use this drug.