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HEROIN’S ‘KROKODIL’ DISEASE: FIRST U.S. VICTIM OF FLESH-EATING DISEASE CAUSED BY HOMEMADE HEROIN, POPULAR IN RUSSIA, REPORTED IN ARIZONA

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Horrific images of drug-users eaten alive by flesh-eating illness caused by  homemade heroin substitute that has arrived on American shores in Arizona

By  James Nye Daily Mail PUBLISHED:  26 September 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.

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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 reportedEffects 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

 

Reptilian Skin: This man's foot (left) shows symptoms of gangrene and scaliness associated with addiction to Krokodil and
Reptilian Skin: This man's foot (left) shows symptoms of gangrene and scaliness associated with addiction to Krokodil and another individual's fingers are rotting away (both cases are from Russia)

Reptilian Skin: This man’s foot (left) shows symptoms of  gangrene and scaliness associated with addiction to Krokodil and another  individual’s fingers are rotting away (both cases are from Russia)

 

 

‘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.

Scales: The drug is called Krokodil because it leaves users with scaly skin akin to that of a crocodile Scales: The drug is called Krokodil because it leaves  users with scaly skin akin to that of a crocodile

 

Deadly Compound: Krokodil is made by mixing codeine with gasoline and has a high that is similar to heroin Deadly Compound: Krokodil is made by mixing codeine with  gasoline and has a high that is similar to heroin

 

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.

Fears of American Krokodil Epidemic: Dr. Frank LoVecchio at Banner's Poison Control Center says he believes the two cases found in Arizona to be the start of a problem in the United States Fears of American Krokodil Epidemic: Dr. Frank LoVecchio  at Banner’s Poison Control Center says he believes the two cases found in  Arizona to be the start of a problem in the United States

 

LoVechhio says that the two cases he has  encountered are most likely linked and he declined to comment on the appearance  of the two users.

‘Where there is smoke there is fire, and  we’re afraid there are going to be more and more cases,’ said  LoVechhio.

Krokodil, The New Meth? Cheap  Heroin Substitute Which is the Scourge of Russia

Krokodil’s, medical name is desomorphine and  is created by mixing codeine with  gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric  acid, iodine and red phosphorous.
There are reportedly nearly three million users in  Russia and the epidemic  began in Siberia and the Russian Far East.
The  drug causes flesh to rot from the inside out and the addict’s skin becomes  scaly, like a crocodile’s, hence the name.
Blood  vessels burst and the surrounding tissue dies. Gangrene and amputations are a  common result and sometimes bone can be exposed.
The  high lasts one hour and a half and the drug is three times cheaper to produce  than heroin.

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.’

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