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Krokodil: The Deadly New Drug

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- A dangerous new drug is now in the U.S. and it could be heading to the Miami Valley. The killer drug actually eats human flesh.

Krokodil has been a widespread problem in Russia for several years. But in the last few weeks, cases have been reported in Arizona and now Chicago, close enough to home to concern the medical community.

"It's headed here and the concern is people don't understand the consequences of using this horrific new drug," said Helen Jones-Kelly, Executive Director of the Alcohol/Drug Addiction/Mental Health Services Board.

She's talking about the drug Krokodil. The synthetic drug can cause flesh to literally rot away from bone.

"Once you've injected that stuff into your system there's not a whole lot we can do. That's why it's so dangerous and scary," said Dr. Jessica Hilst of Grandview Medical Center.

Police and the medical community say they're getting ready for Krokodil to hit the Miami Valley drug market by educating themselves about it.

Krokodil is made by cooking codeine with various toxic chemicals like gasoline, lighter fluid and paint thinner. It's more powerful than heroin, but is only a third of the price and is even more addictive.

"It's cheap, which makes it very attractive to people. It's cheaper than heroin," said Jones-Kelly.

Heroin is already a huge problem in the Miami Valley, meaning there are already plenty of addicts out there who could be tempted to try Krokodil if it hits the streets even if they see photos showing the flesh-eating drug's deadly consequences.

"I'm very concerned. Our market is an easy one because of the accessibility of the highways. So it's highly likely it's going to get into the community," Jones-Kelly said.

Krokodil users have a life expectancy of 2-3 years. Many addicts have to end up getting limbs amputated because of the flesh rot and gangrene.


 
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