Friday, September 27, 2013
Krokodil Cases Reported in Arizona
Russia has been battling with Krokodil use for about ten years, due to the fact that codeine can be purchased over-the-counter throughout the country. Krokodil has a similar high to heroin, but, is shorter acting and costs about three times less than heroin.
Krokodil gets it name because when the drug is injected it destroys tissue, turning the skin scaly and green, giving it a crocodile-like appearance. This phenomena occurs because makers of the drug mix codeine-based headache pills with gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol or iodine in order to synthesize the codeine into desomorphine. The impurities can cause blood poisoning, festering sores and abscesses.
“As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States that are reported,” said Frank LoVecchio, the Co-Medical Director at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center. “So we’re extremely frightened.”
If the use of Krokodil spreads throughout the country it will surely give methamphetamine a run for its money when it comes to the “worlds most dangerous drug.”