The World’s Most Horrifying Drug May Have Claimed Its First U.S. Victim

Last year's death of an Oklahoma man may have been related to Krokodil.

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Krokodil, the skin-eating drug, may have claimed its first U.S. victim.  The heroin-like drug, which originated in Russia began cropping up in the U.S. last month and has been found in Utah, Arizona and Illinois recently.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is investigating the deaths of two Oklahoma men who are linked to the drug, KSWO reported. One of those men is 33-year-old Justin McGree, who died last year. McGee’s friend Chelle Fancher said McGee had taken Krokodil.

“(His) skin was missing,” she told KOCO Oklahoma City. “The doctors say it ate him from the inside out. It wasn’t until the next day that they told us that is was Krokodil meth.”

The drug is an opiate, but like meth is made from crude materials that are readily available, such as gasoline. If the deaths are connected to Krokodil, the drug may have been in the U.S. earlier than authorities have suspected.

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takenmedown
takenmedown

what do I do if my best friends  have been smoking not injecting drugs that could have been krokodil heroin. she said  it was like her body was on fire and her  skin was red hot..i know she had a high fever for awhile...should I take her into the hospital and to be seen ?after showing her all the hype on the internet she decided to stop using heroin now and also meth but she is only about 18 hours in so she isn't sober yet but shes hanging in there... do I make a bath with Epsom salt for her? or do I need to go get lotion for sensitive skin and tell her to keep hydrated? anything that works to reverse these effects ? her skin isn't missing but its drying out and red.... . so who do I ask about this? I want to help her. she has been my best friend since 4th grade!!!!

TimothyDLittle
TimothyDLittle

always someone's cousin's , best friend's brother in law knew a guy who died for this. I've yet to see a concrete bit of proof over then hear say or a well passed around set of pictures. FAKE.

PierreRoget
PierreRoget

Securalism and atheism is great, you can take drugs like "krokodil"  and have a "good time",  nothing wrong with it at all. Yes indeed get rid of all teachings that are good for man, and before you start attacking me don't bother, society has become worse that can't be refuted. The atheists, communists and socialists and persecutors of Christians are winning the battle without a doubt. Krokodil, drug taking, and all of the rest of the ills in society are a result of a society that doesn't care and are more concerned how they can "get off".

alienstarship
alienstarship

If you  are stupid  enough to use meth then so be it why should anyone feel sorry for you. You have a choice to use chemical drugs, you know what they do and you still use it, Take responsibility for your self, it is not anyone's fault but the person doing it, They get sick  go to the hospital run up bills that they can't pay they don't care or think about family or those close to them. Planet earth does not need a bunch of meth/drug heads. Grow up and take care of yourself you have one life here use it for the good. When you choose to destroy your life then you don't deserve it.

Doorwolf
Doorwolf

"It wasn’t until the next day that they told us that is was Krokodil meth.”
When did they tell her to use proper grammar, huh? ._.

katjoeus
katjoeus

How utterly terrible...wish I hadn't read this before bed time...

Is anyone actually sorry for these poor people???

john_rambo
john_rambo

Nothing like injecting a little GASOLINE into your veins to get a buzz. Party on!

XiraArien1
XiraArien1

So legalize the less harmful stuff?

Legalize pot already. Make it easier to get prescription opiates.

swagger
swagger

this is the kind of darwinism i can believe in.

DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

Dope sick is when a opiate addicted person has run out of opiates. It is at the cellular level. When they get this sick they will do just about anything to get a "fix". Krokodil is here and as the Government makes opiates harder to get, Krokodil will kill many and cost millions.

Waltermann
Waltermann

So what's next? Ballooning? A new drug causing extreme Euphoria that will over inflate your head till it pops. 

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

The issue isn't drugs, it's "why do you need to escape from your life so badly"  you would be willing to shoot or ingest poison ?? 

99rider
99rider

I'm having a very hard time believing that someone not only invented a flesh eating drug but market it as so and give it a name like Crocodile. The whole things sounds to much like it's crazy made up media creation. Does anyone remember how in the 80s the line about crack was "One hit and your addicted" I saw it proved on TV over and over. Yet you know what? It wasn't true. Many people were able to not become addicted and many addicts have been able to quit, same with meth, impossible to quit we were told. Both drugs are terrible but I don't trust the media to be a voice of sanity in the discussion. Flesh eating drug? Maybe but I just don't see a market for it, not even in Russia.

mscen221
mscen221

The devil is REAL, and he is BUSY, people!

westfinal
westfinal

It just seems remarkable that anyone, even a strung out junkie would not hear about the flesh rotting properties before consuming it.  Really almost fantastical.

mitchellglaser
mitchellglaser

Thirty years ago I spent the winter in Hartford Connecticut and saw alcoholics wandering around barefoot in the sub-zero snow. Their feet were rotting. Just to remind everybody that alcohol is capable of putting people in the very same position as this new junk.

JonLovejoy
JonLovejoy

who ever is making this $#1t has not thought out their marketing strategy, if it kills the user so quickly it does not help repeat trade and kills the client base for other drugs therefore certain mafias will not be very happy about it........ This drug is one nasty way to win a Darwin award.

Ironman92
Ironman92

Is this April Fools?

Anyway, if your skin is missing, doesn't that mean you were eaten from the outside in?

AdamLee
AdamLee

@Bullsgt People take drugs to improve their lives and sometimes for euphoric effects. The issue isn't about "escaping from your life", the issue is addiction.

swagger
swagger

@99rider i did meth 15 years.  it's a habit with no  physical withdrawal at all.  tobacco and alcohol are true addictions.  i quit smoking 28 months ago and still have the craving to smoke.

LogicSpeaks
LogicSpeaks

@99rider According to a recording of a doctor in Russia studying a patient, the reason it got that nick name is not only that it makes your skin look "scaly and dry" is that it kills tissues and constricts blood flow to specific regions of your body, and hence your muscle/skin begins to die and rot.  Honestly, they look more like Zombies than crocodiles.  It is not a made up drug.  Its real, and horrifying.  Typically a person seems to live anywhere from 3-6 years if they use it regularly according to Russian sources.

jessrowen.jo
jessrowen.jo

@99rider really! have you ever did any meth obviously not cause you clearly don't know what your talking about. VERRYYYYYYY ADDICTIVE AND HARD TO STOP!

EricTripps
EricTripps

@99riderIt's not a "flesh eating" drug. Basically its a form of heroin that people realized is stronger if you inject yourself with a certain over the counter product.  The product dehydrates and destroys tissue of the injected areas.  It is called Krokodil because it turns surface skin hard and leathery (like a crocodiles). Don't believe people will do it, look what ecstasy does to your brain.

AdamLee
AdamLee

@westfinal Ecstasy is just as bad and look at how much demand there is for it...

SandiBurkhartMutchler
SandiBurkhartMutchler

@JonLovejoy If it originated in Russia, maybe it was intended to kill druggies.  As JasonNAshleeSmith stated, self-correcting problem.

VolchekShotMe
VolchekShotMe

@JonLovejoy This has nothing to do with "drug deal" Users can make the drug themselves - this is a direct result on War on Drugs, failed drug policies, restriction on exploration of self consciousness, and BAD economy. Watch VICE's documentary on Krokodil. 

No one deals Krokodil, it's made - out of desperation.  

chellef
chellef

@BrandonSenff sorry I guess I have that Oklahoma slang ................... I did not do the story to be made fun of!!! I thought if i used my voice maybe i could save a life..... if just one it was well worth it....

jaredletbro
jaredletbro

@Ironman92  vice has a pretty disturbing doc about it on youtube from a year or two ago

__arlynne
__arlynne

@Ironman92 Not even close. Google Krokodil and see the images from the regular users, especially in Russia. Eeeek!! Vicious! 

NicoleEdder
NicoleEdder

@AdamLee Well ecstasy may be bad, but at least your skin doesn't fall off with it. I was reading that after trying krokodil once, the persons life expectancy is 2 years. Its pretty much a drug created to kill junkies, that's all there is to it

katjoeus
katjoeus

So when morally obese people eat and drink themselves to death, that would also be a "self-correcting problem", right?? Sounds a bit like a term the Nazis could have come up with...

LizPrill77
LizPrill77

@VolchekShotMe People using heroin, which is generally how one gets into Krokodil, aren't interested in the "exploration of consciousness." Heroin and krokodil are opiates, not hallucinogens. And supposedly some are getting Krokodil from their regular dealers, not knowing that it's not normal heroin, so obviously, there are some who are dealing it. Being that the drug originated in Russia, it's clearly not the direct result of failed American drug policies -- it's not a direct result of the War on Drugs, failed drug policies, and restrictions on the exploration of consciousness. A bad economy, though, could be making people look for a cheaper high, and the intense, but short-lived, high is what drives people to make the drug out of desperation. The drug drives the desperation, while the reasons behind drug use are what they are (cultural, biochemical, etc.)  But being that the VICE documentary covers Russia, I don't see how you made the jump to the American War on Drugs. Personally, I think drug use should largely be considered a health concern, rather than a legal one, but don't use the "exploration of consciousness" as an excuse for what's going on here, for heaven's sake. We're not talking about some mushrooms.

craigslistrr
craigslistrr

@LogicSpeaks @craigslistrr @mscen221  

Logic, That would be another failing of humans..Taking a position concerning a deity in either direction. There is nothing wrong with admitting the truth, and the truth is... Nobody knows.. and that is simply the cold hard fact.  God needs the devil...is a statement reflecting the redundancy of the age old argument between the two sides.

GeoffreyHarris
GeoffreyHarris

@NullSkull @LizPrill77 @VolchekShotMe  ... You know quite a bit.  Are you a street chemist by chance?  I don't want to say much on a public forum, but had some fun with various recipes for pyrotechnics.  I didn't get in trouble actually, but ended up working for the DOD on the electronic engineering end.  Am thinking the HCL is used to produce that first intermediary.  Remember a lot of times in organic chemistry one would play around with a OH group or Carbonyl C=O on a benzene ring by bringing in a more reactive radical which would have an intermediate step with an -O- dangling.  Generally one would end up with a substitution, often of a halogen, with a H2O molecule sitting on the outside.  Am now thinking that dehydrating effect could largely be due to left over reagent kicking out water and OH groups from various cells.  

NullSkull
NullSkull

@LizPrill77 @VolchekShotMe The drug (desomorphine) DID NOT ORIGINATE IN RUSSIA. It was first made in the United States in 1932, and sold in Switzerland under the brand name Permonid.

Some junkies in Russia started to clandestinely produce desomorphine from the OTC codeine tablets available there, via the  α-chlorocodide intermediary. This would be via catalytic reduction (hence the red phosphorous and iodine... hence the similarity to meth. 

Now, some poor desperate junkies in the US are attempting to mimic the practice, or "somebody" decided to start making it for cheap sale. The codeine tablets used as the precursor for the synthesis probably aren't as widely available in the US as the they are in Russia. The result of the clandestine synthesis probably doesn't look anything like what most of the heroin in the US looks like (an off white to beige or brown powder that smells of acetic acid and B vitamins). 

Most people using Heroin do not "get into Krokodil"; good heroin is very plentiful in the US, esp. on the coasts. Aside from that, prescriptions for other opioids (oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, buprenorphine et al.) are prevalent. This was likely an attempt by some already very sick desperate individuals, either to ease their symptoms for a little while, or to make money off of others as desperate as them.