In spite of reports that emerged last month that the flesh-eating drug krokodil is being used in the U.S., federal law enforcement officials remain skeptical, says a recent news article3 by Fox News.
Krokodil is an incredibly toxic drug made with codeine, butane, gasoline and industrial chemicals. It is injected as a substitute for heroin. It causes severe tissue damage, leaving skin green and scaly in appearance and causing festering sores, blood poisoning, gangrene, and destruction of the jawbones and teeth.
A drug treatment specialist in Joliet, Ill. has come forward to say that he has personally treated four krokodil users, the news article said.
DEA spokeswoman Dawn Dearden told Fox News that the DEA has seen no evidence of the drug’s appearance in the United States. The DEA is not investigating any reports of krokodil’s use in America, according to the Fox news article.
Three patients were treated for krokodil use in early October at the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, according to the hospital’s director of addiction services, Dr. Abhin Singla. The news article quoted Dr. Singla as saying, “If you want to kill yourself, this is the way to do it.”
A fourth potential krokodil user has been identified at Dr. Singla’s hospital, the news article said. The original three patients were local women, younger than 25, who suffered severe gangrene of the legs from using the drug. None would tell officials where they obtained the drug.
The drug, three times stronger than heroin and just one-third the cost, loses its effect after just a few hours. Invented in 1932, the drug’s effects are similar to heroin, and it is used as a heroin substitute in parts of Germany and Russia where heroin is hard to find. In spite of attempts by Russian government to curb the spread of the drug, it can now be found throughout Europe, the Fox news article reported.
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