The first cases of a terrifying new drug called ‘Krokodil’ that eats flesh from the inside out, is flammable and leaves addicts with reptilian-like skin have been reported this week in Arizona – and the state fears the beginning of an epidemic.
Popular in Russia, Krokodil is homemade, is three-times cheaper than heroin and created by mixing codeine with gasoline or oil, filtering it and then injecting the rancid concoction into the users body.
Banner’s Poison Control Center most likely encountered the drug when two addicts arrived in emergency rooms with their flesh hanging off their body, exposing bone or with skin resembling that of a crocodile, hence its name.
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Reptilian Skin: This man’s foot (left) shows symptoms of gangrene and scaliness associated with addiction to Krokodil and another individual’s fingers are rotting away (both cases are from Russia)
‘We’ve had two cases this past week that have occurred in Arizona,’ said Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner’s Poison Control Center to KPHO.Com.
‘As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States that are reported. So we’re extremely frightened,’ he continued.
Continual use of Krokodil causes blood vessels to burst, leaving skin green and scaly among addicts eventually causing gangrene and their flesh to begin to rot.
Rabid use in Russia has caused up to 2.5 million people to register and seek treatment as addicts and the average life span for a user is only two to three years.
‘When drug users do it repeatedly, the skin sloughs. It causes hardening of their skin. It will cause necrosis,’ explained LoVecchio.
LoVechhio says that the two cases he has encountered are most likely linked and he declined to comment on the appearance of the two users.
‘Where there is smoke there is fire, and we’re afraid there are going to be more and more cases,’ said LoVechhio.
Krokodil, The New Meth? Cheap Heroin Substitute Which is the Scourge of Russia
Krokodil’s, medical name is desomorphine and is created by mixing codeine with gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous.
There are reportedly nearly three million users in Russia and the epidemic began in Siberia and the Russian Far East.
The drug causes flesh to rot from the inside out and the addict’s skin becomes scaly, like a crocodile’s, hence the name.
Blood vessels burst and the surrounding tissue dies. Gangrene and amputations are a common result and sometimes bone can be exposed.
The high lasts one hour and a half and the drug is three times cheaper to produce than heroin.
In Russia, Krokodil usage is spreading like a virus among young people and according to a Timemagazine investigation, even those who manage to quit their addiction come away disfigured for life.
Some users in Russia develop brain damage and speech impediments in addition to the horrific scars.
Krokodil, whose medical name is desomorphine, has the same mental effect as heroin but is produced with over-the-counter codeine and mixed with gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid and even the red phosphorous scraped from the tips of matches.
Prevalent in Siberia and the Russian Far East, the explosion of users began in 2002, but over the past five years in Russia, usage has trebled.
In 2011 alone, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service confiscated 65 million doses.
The flesh rotting that is specific to Krokodil occurs directly at the injection site which could be anywhere from the feet to the forehead to the more traditional arms.
According to Time magazine, ‘Gangrene and amputations are a common result, while porous bone tissue, especially in the lower jaw, often starts to dissipate, eaten up by the drug’s acidity.’
A man cut off his own testicles and stormed into a church shortly before a couple were due to be married.
Reverend Bob Wallace and a florist were making preparations for the wedding ceremony at Hutton All Saints Church in Essex when the man burst in around 12.25pm.
They realised the man had injured his genitals and managed to stop wedding guests from entering the church while they waited for police to arrive on September 14.
Rev Wallace told the Huffington Post UK: ‘Somebody came into the church having self harmed outside.
‘Guests started to arrive for the wedding but were told they were not allowed to go inside.’
One of the guests told the Brentwood Weekly News: ‘There was blood all over the floor just outside the church. When I went in there it was like someone had been murdered. There was blood everywhere.
‘The vicar knew of the man and said he had come into the church as they were setting up. He said the man had chopped his testicles off with a pair of scissors and was going bezerk, chucking chairs around. I’m surprised he didn’t pass out.
‘When I went in the church, I saw something on the floor which I could only describe as flesh, which I thought was part of his arm but that was one of his testicles.’
The vicar called 999 and police and an ambulance attended the scene.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: ‘Police were called by the ambulance service to All Saints Church, in Church Lane, Hutton, at around 12.25pm on September 14.
‘A man with mental health problems was found in the church with serious injuries.
‘He was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries, which police investigations have led them to believe were self-inflicted.
‘He was then referred for a mental health assessment.’
The wedding went ahead half an hour later with the bride said to be unaware of the incident.
With its horns, long white body and slithery form, it looks like a mythical beast
But this four-metre long horned creature is only too real – as the stench from its decomposing flesh proved.
The mysterious sea creature was washed ashore in Villaricos, Spain – and tests are being done on the carcass to determine what it is.
She added: ‘A lady found one part, and we helped her retrieve the rest… We have no idea what it was. It really stank, as it was in the advanced stages of decomposition,’ Inquisitr reported.
The extent of the deterioration of the creature meant most of the remains had to be buried for safety reasons.
Several theories have been suggested about what the creature is – ranging from it being a type of shark to it being an oar fish, but researchers are still examining it.
Programa en Defensa de la Fauna Marina (PROMAR) spokesman Paco Toledano was also puzzled, Yahoo reported.
He said: ‘It’s hard to know what we’re dealing with,’ Mr Toldano told ideal.es.Clicked :456