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First cases of flesh-eating drug reported in AZ - Disturbing images

Posted by on Sep. 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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 CBS5) -

Banner's Poison Control Center says the two first cases of people using a drug that can rot flesh have been reported in Arizona.

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"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. 

"As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States that are reported. So we're extremely frightened," he continued.

The drug is known as Krokodil, and it's extremely popular in Russia. Users mix codeine with hydrocarbons, like gasoline, oil or alcohol. The mixture is then filtered and boiled before being injected into the vein. LoVecchio says users end up injecting fuel into their bodies.

"They extract [the drug] and even though they believe that most of the oil and gasoline is gone, there is still remnants of it. You can imagine just injecting a little bit of it into your veins can cause a lot of damage," he said. 

In fact, what ends up happening is the flesh can rot from the inside out. Some users even develop sores that resemble alligator skin, hence the name of the drug.

"When [drug users] do it repeatedly, the skin sloughs. It causes hardening of their skin. It will cause necrosis," explained LoVecchio.

LoVecchio believes the two cases reported in Arizona are linked, but he couldn't elaborate on the patients' conditions. He says he hopes the trend does not continue to spread.

"Where there is smoke there is fire, and we're afraid there are going to be more and more cases," he said.

 

Images are disturbing - check out the link but be warned....they are GROSS

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Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Wow that is just crazy.

survivorinohio
by René on Sep. 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

:( 

meriana
by Platinum Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Frightening.

rebeccab1966
by Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I just read about this on CNBC.  So scary.

heather77g
by Bronze Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

WTHeck! Thats just nuts!

KreatingMe
by Bronze Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

"Users often die within two years of starting the drug"  Well no wonder! If that's what it does to your skin imagine what it does on the inside? 

SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Sep. 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

All I have to say is that it's a win for darwinism.   Anyone stupid enough to do something like that deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Sep. 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM

 Insane

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

LOL...some people man.

Wicked.Jester
by on Sep. 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

This drug comes from the impoverished section of Russia where kids are thrown out on the street at 16 out of social services with no money, education, or job skills.  There are packs of street kids, kids whose parents have kicked them out at YOUNGER than 16, kids younger than 10, doing this drug so they don't feel hungry.

Its the same as paint and glue huffing by street kids in Guatemala.

The kids do it because they have NO ONE, they are children, and they are hungry.

I don't call that Darwinism.

Quoting SewingMamaLele:

All I have to say is that it's a win for darwinism.   Anyone stupid enough to do something like that deserves to be removed from the gene pool.


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