A horrific drug that found its way from Russia to Arizona and Utah
— Krokodil — named because it “causes an addict’s skin to become green, scaly and bumpy like a crocodile’s” (http://tinyurl.com/kdfenle) recently hit Chicago.
A matter of time before we see more widespread use?
It presents as necrotizing fascitis (flesh eating disease):
Here is an article about Krokodil with some very graphic photos (caution; not for the viscerally delicate):
As noted by Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner’s Poison Control Center in Arizona:
Where there is smoke there is fire, and we’re afraid there are going to be more and more cases.
Reportedly, “the average life span for a user is only two to three years.”
The DEA is very concerned:
Case reported at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois (again, pretty gruesome images):
Here is an approximately 4-minute long interview with Dr. Abhin Singla, director of addiction services at Chicago’s Presence St. Joseph Hospital who cautions, “it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better”: