Flesh-rotting drug turns up in US, officials say

The flesh-rotting homemade drug Krokodil, popular in Russia, has turned up in the US.



A flesh-rotting homemade drug popular in Russia has turned up in the US, health officials in Arizona say.

Called Krokodil - Russian for crocodile - the drug mixes codeine with hydrocarbons, such as gasoline, alcohol or oil. Users then boil the concoction before injecting it.

Drug addicts often turn to it because it's a cheap high.

The drug gets its name from the reptilian-like appearance some users get as they rot from the inside out.

"(Users) extract (the drug) and even though they believe that most of the oil and gasoline is gone, there is still remnants of it. You can imagine just injecting a little bit of it into your veins can cause a lot of damage," co-medical director at Banner's Poison Control Center Frank LoVecchio told KLTV in Phoenix, confirming there have been two cases in the state.

"As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States that are reported. So we're extremely frightened," LoVecchio said.

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