Desmorphine, also known as krokodil, a drug that is a cocktail of codeine and other chemicals, has mesmerized the media and the medical community due to its spread across countries and detrimental physical effects.
The Huffington Post reported that another addict has made headlines in Mexico based on where she injected the heroin-like concoction.
It reported on Friday that Mexican newspapers spoke to officials about a case where a 17-year-old woman administered the drug into her genitals.
"The young woman who used this drug had an infection that had rotted her genitals,” Mexico’s National Institute of Migration said in the report.
According to El Periodico Correro on Monday, the teenager from Jalisco, Mexico has been getting the drug for the past two months. She showed up to the Instituto Mexicano Social Security building with noticeable sores on her genital area.
Poorer areas have apparently taken to the drug because of its potency and low price. The most gruesome side effect is that the drug damages a person’s vascular system and triggers a rotting effect to limbs.
The effect makes people appear scaly like a crocodile, hence it’s street name.
Initial reports came out of Russia that the drug was spreading among poorer youth, but soon spread to other areas of the world.
A medical journal removed a suspected case of the drug in a patient from St. Louis, Missouri from a paper.
The St. Louis Dispatch reported on Tuesday that doctors claimed that they treated a man who injected krokodil and was suffering from missing tissue due to the drug.
St. Mary’s Health Center pulled the article over patient confidentiality concerns. Spokespeople said that the article was published too soon without a comprehensive review.
There have been very few cases of the drug in the state or elsewhere in the U.S.