A flesh-eating drug has made its way into the U.S. and the medical community is alarmed about the possibility of this drug becoming main-stream. The drug, which is a homemade substitute for heroin, is called “crocodile” because it is brutal to the body, according to ABC News on Sept. 27.
The drug originated in Russia and it has “decimated whole cities” in that country. The first sign of this drug making it to the U.S. was thought to be two cases seen in Phoenix recently. When the cases were reported by the hospital to other poison centers around the country, hospitals in other areas have reported seeing patients suffering from its apparent use.
Apparently the drug is apparently more wide-spread than first thought. The drug is called “crocodile,” but it is spelled “krokodil” and the medical community is doing its best to inform others around the nation to be on the lookout for this horrific new drug.
The two cases that surfaced at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, had the doctors alarmed. “The drug causes sores, tissue damage and rough, scale-like appearance of the skin,” according to Dr. Frank LoVecchio, a co-medical director at Phoenix’s Banner Medical Center. The ingredients in this drug bring the body to the point where it can’t fight off infection.
The ingredients to make this drug are easily found at any hardware store, except for codeine, which is usually the base drug. First pure codeine is extracted from its pill form. This is added to chemicals which create a liquid that is shot into the veins, much like heroin. The chemicals used are poison like, paint thinners, gasoline and other products, including phosphorous.
Once injected into the veins it causes both your skin and fat to burn off and die,” reports LoVecchio. This drug knocks down the immune system and makes the user more prone to infection. If any deaths do occur from this drug it is mostly due to infection. He said the long-term use of this drug will most likely kill you in two years.