Health professionals in Arizona are freaking out over a new drug in the region responsible for eating away users' flesh.
In news that recalls the "flesh eating bacteria
" scare, The Washington Times reports
on a drug once found primarily in Russia called "Krokodil." It's a wicked concoction "mixing codeine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid and even red phosphorous scraped from the tips of matches." Heavy users, who inject the drug via needle, apparently see their skin turn green, scaly, and eventually fall off.
"This is really frightening," stated
one toxicologist to FOX. "This is something we hoped would never make it to the US because it's so detrimental to the people who use it."
The drug whose English translation is "Crocodile" (due to its effect on users' appearance) first popped up in the freezing expanse known as Siberia in 2002. Many experts in the US had never even heard of Krokodil until now.
"This looks to me a lot like skin popping, what drug users used to do back in the day with heroin and other drugs," said one New York dermatologist of the "horrible" drug she claimed was unlikely to become popular in the club scene. "It just kills the skin, that's what you're seeing, big dead pieces of skin."
The average lifespan for a typical user of Krokodil is a paltry two to three years, the WT
Via The Washington Times and FOX