First case of flesh-eating drug surfaces in Arizona
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PHOENIX - The first case of Krokodile, a flesh eating drug from Russia, has been reported in the United State for the first time, this week.
According to Fox News, a doctor from Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center in Arizona said the first two cases of people using the drug have been reported in the state.
According to KTVK a news station in Phoenix, Krokodile mixture of codeine, red phosphorous, iodine, and paint thinner. Users of the drug see their skin turn green, bumpy, and scaly.
"In the 12 years that I've been doing substance abuse and prevention education, it's probably the most destructive drug I've ever seen,” Shelly Mowrey, a substance abuse and prevention expert in the Arizona, told KTVK.
Mowrey said the drug originated in Siberia in 2002 and quickly spread across Russia’s transient and prostitute populations.
"What they started noticing was all these horrendous, flesh-eating types of wounds on people,” Mowry told a KTVK reporter.
Mowrey said the drug was similar to methamphetamine and is easy for users to cook.
“Cook with a hot pan, chemicals, and it only takes 30 minutes to cook," Mowry said.
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