Flesh Eating Drug Headed To New Jersey?


Flesh-eating drug Krokodil appears in U.S., Jersey expert says it’s ‘really frightening’

By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger

A flesh-eating street drug that is popular in Russia has appeared in the United States for the first time, an Arizona CBS affiliate reports.

A flesh-eating street drug that is popular in Russia has appeared in the United States for the first time, an Arizona CBS affiliate reports.

There have been two known instances of the drug, known as Krokodil, being used in Arizona, a poison control expert told KLTV there. The drug is made from mixing codeine with hydrocarbons, like gasoline, paint thinner, oil or alcohol. It is then injected.

“They extract (the drug), and even though they believe that most of the oil and gasoline is gone, there is still remnants of it,” Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director of the Banner Health Poison Control Center in Arizona, told the TV station. “You can imagine just injecting a little bit of it into your veins can cause a lot of damage.”

There are no indications the drug has made its way to New Jersey, but the state’s top poison control expert, Steve Marcus, said it would surprise him if it does.

Marcus, head of New Jersey poison control center, said that just as with bath salts and synthetic drugs like K2, such substances often get their start in Europe before spreading to the United States.

Narcotics like heroin are not all that expensive in New Jersey, which may keep the drug from gaining a foothold in the the state, Marcus said. Still, he said, Krokodil’s emergence in America is “really frightening.”

“This stuff is extremely addictive and, in Russia, the average length of life after becoming an addict is less than two years,” he said in a telephone interview. “If in fact those reports are legitimate, this is a really, really serious event.”

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