Posted: 11/17/2013 11:56 am EST
Sat Nov 16 10:46:12 PST 2013
Krokodil: Has exotic ’flesh-eating’ drug come to Arizona?
WARNING: Graphic video and photos
It’s a deadly drug with an exotic name. Krokodil is a potent substitute for heroine and it literally has been eating people alive. Now there are concerns that Arizona could be the epicenter of krokodil’s U.S. invasion. view full article
Krokodil could be spreading.
Arizona may be the "epicenter" of the drug's possible uprising in the U.S., according to a story published on Saturday by AZ Family.
In September, at least two possible cases of the drug were reported by Banner Good Samaritan Poison Control Center in Phoenix.
Physicians who spoke with the online news outlet said the more likely culprit for the flesh rotting symptoms are dirty needles that infect heroin users with HIV, Hepatitis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This can lead to "gangrenous skin, deep abscesses, and loss of limbs."
But, as Raw Story reported this week, two doctors from Missouri told the American Journal of Medicine that they treated a patient last year "whose skin was rotted away from using krokodil." That report marks the first official case of the drug making its way to America, according to KTVI.