Krokodil Drug Deaths Confirmed In The United States Or Media Hype?

Krokodil drug deaths have been confirmed in the United States and published in medical journals according to at least one doctor.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was skeptical over whether the Krokodil drug was actually in America at all.

But in order for the DEA to officially confirm any case of the abuse of the Krokodil drug they have to get hold of a sample of it. Rusty Payne, spokesman for the DEA said that Krokodil may not yet be a major problem in this country:

"There's a lot of misinformation and a lot of things people think are one thing and is actually something else. Any emerging designer drug is concerning so we wouldn't be surprised if we see more of it. We've had a huge influx of designer drugs. When you're injecting things that contain gasoline and paint thinner, you get what you deserve.... We don't have any known instance of Krokodil at the DEA, and we've had no samples of Krokodil sent to DEA labs."
Confirming the presence of Krokodil is also difficult because the flesh rotting symptoms can be duplicated by dirty needles that infect heroin users with HIV, Hepatitis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Unfortunately, like meth the chemical can also be made at home using household ingredients so it becomes even more difficult to track down. And there's also the possibility of media sensationalism hyping the news about the flesh eating killer drug beyond the point of reason.

But Doctor Dany Thekkemuriyil claims he has confirmed the Krokodil drug in the United States:

"We saw that his finger fell off and we saw a severe looking ulcer and sores on his thigh and it did really fit the picture of krokodil. Our case is the first case that's been published in a recognized medical journal."
Cases like these were reported in the American Journal of Medicine. The Krokodil drug causes serious damage to the veins and soft tissue infections around the injection site, rapidly followed by gangrene and necrosis. The drug clumps in the veins as it fails to dissolve completely in the blood and these clumps travel to distant places in the body and start to damage soft tissue.