The first cases of Krokodil use has surfaced in Will County, Illinois.
According to RYOT News & Action, three cases of krokodil-related consequences surfaced at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois.
Dr. Abhin Singla, director of Addition Services at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center and medical director of The Promises of Recovery told The Times Weekly that in the last 36 hours, he has begun treating at least three local area patients.
The Inquisitr recently reported on the drug outbreak, stating that the drug originated in Russia and that it has been discovered to actually eat human flesh.
The Joliet Patch states that the homemade drug combines codeine with such things as gasoline and lighter fluid, producing a high three times stronger than heroin when injected.
“It’s about three times more potent than heroin, but the ‘high’ lasts only for a few hours,” Singla said to Herald News.
Joliet Herald News continues on to say that a hit of crocodile(Krokodil) costs about $8, while users pay $25-$30 for heroin.
The fact that the drug is moving across the country so fast has some a little surprised.
Singla stated, “Last week the first cases in this country were reported in Arizona and Utah and I’m startled how quickly it came east to our area.”
According to Joliet Herald News, Singla’s patients are three women, all under 25-years-old.
“Two of the women are acquainted, so it’s possible they all got the drug from the same place.”
Singla told Joliet Herald New that none of the women would say where they obtained the drugs, but that they all have significant damage to their arms and legs due to gangrene.
“One patient will likely face years of surgeries to recover her ability to walk.”
“It’s a horrific way to get sick. The smell of rotten flesh permeates the room,” Singla said. “Intensive treatment and skin grafts are required, but they are often not enough to save limbs or lives.”
Reports say that one of Singla’s patient’s will likely face years of surgeries to recover her ability to walk.
Now that Krokodil has been found in Will County, Illinois, police are expected to keep an eye out for any further cases in the surrounding areas.
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