An illegal drug that turns veins a greenish color and has severe consequences has been detected in Columbus Ohio. Known to have shown up in just a few states, reactions from the extremely potent drug, known as krokodil, recently brought a homeless man in Columbus Ohio to the emergency room of a local hospital.
Krokodil was first detected in Russia but spread to the United States recently. Other cases have been discovered in Arizona and Oklahoma, but Krokodil was only very recently known to be in Ohio.
The drug got its name from the appearance of the skin after it is injected. WBNS-10TV quoted Deputy Chief Jim Davis of the Columbus Division of Fire as saying that “The raised area of the skin looks like crocodile. That’s where it comes from.” Davis stated that the homeless man had a “large open wound,” which Davis described as “consistent with” krokodil and that the man, whose name was not released to the public, admitted to injecting the drug.
USA Today described the composition of krokodil as a “caustic homemade opiate is made from over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol.” The report also explained that after users shoot up the cheap alternative to heroin that “Festering sores, abscesses and blood poisoning” are often a result of using krokodil. Krokodil is also known to be “flesh-eating” and it is not uncommon for the drug to eat through flesh all the way to the bone. Users may suffer from gangrene. For those who survive krokodil use, brain damage and impaired motor skills may be the result of using the drug.
It was not immediately known what charges the Columbus homeless man will face as a result of his admitted use of the illegal drug.