The Most Horrifying Drug in the World May Have Spread to Ohio

Authorities say a homeless man in Columbus shows signs of krokodil use.

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With the drug krokodil making its way from Russia to the Southwest and allegedly into the Chicago area, the flesh-eating bastardized heroin substitute could be injecting itself into the arteries of the midwest.

Columbus, Ohio officials tell WBNS-TV that a homelesss man was discovered recently with evidence on his skin of krokodil use. “The patient had a large, open wound and it is consistent with what we’ve been seeing, or the trend when people use this type of medicine,” Columbus Division of Fire Deputy Chief Jim Davis said.

(MORE:  Chicago Area Krokodil Victims Describe Drug’s Horrifying Effects)

The man was the first suspected case of krokodil use in the Central Ohio region, but Davis said he is warning his entire department to watch for the drug. Ohio Poison Center authorities say only two other possible cases have shown up in the state, but neither were in Columbus.

Davis believes that the drug, a concoction which contains a mix of codeine, gasoline, paint thinner, and alcohol, that can cause abscesses and gangrene on the skin, will bring risk of other dangerous ailments that typically come with intravenous drug use.

“Our biggest issue with this is the fact that anybody who uses needles in some type of drug situation, is highly suspected of other highly contagious diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV,”  Davis said.

Meanwhile, authorities are trying to confirm cases throughout the United States. Officials in Arizona reported the first cases in the country, but Drug Enforcement Agency officials in the Chicago area say they have not confirmed actual use of krokodil and are skeptical that the drug has hit America in the way that was initially feared.

“We have run quite a few buys in the city and suburbs,”  Jack Riley, DEA special agent told the Chicago Tribune. “What the lab tells us is it’s just heroin.”

MORE: The World’s Most Horrifying Drug Spreading Rapidly Across the U.S.

26 comments
BigTunatoo
BigTunatoo

Hey!!!  Drug dependency......is one big drag on the user, the family, and the society at large!  AND who pay in 

the end EVERYBODY!!






BigfootSteve
BigfootSteve

Why would anyone create such a concoction? No one is dumb enough not to know this would be deadly to people, so are they trying to kill drug users?

john_rambo
john_rambo

Golly , and I thought mainlining Drano was a good buzz!

goddamntreefitty
goddamntreefitty

just let the people have their crystal meth already. DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS??

DanMiller2
DanMiller2

If a woman has a right to do what she will to her own body, like abortion supporters say, logically then she should also be able to do whatever drugs she wants, including one that destroys her own flesh. And if a woman can do it, then civil equality laws suggest that men should be allowed to as well. 

therealdude
therealdude

One problem with the drug war and why they'll never win it is simply that you can't force people to live a sober life who don't want to. They cracked down on the pharms, made it harder for patients who legitimately need it while the abusers switched to heroin and we saw a huge spike in that...Now they're cracking down on that and this is where those same abusers will end up because no matter what they do or ban, there will always be something else out there for people to abuse to get high.

OptimusP
OptimusP

I can't see this drug spreading throughout the US because the one thing that makes it so viable in russia is that all of the ingredients are legal. In the US codeine is a scheduled narcotic, which means that getting codeine isn't easy or cheap, which kind of defeats the purpose of the drug. 

jimmyharpoon
jimmyharpoon

The continued spread of this dangerous drug speaks volumes about the penalties for drug trafficking. This stuff ain't marijuana. Anybody caught trafficking this drug deserves life in prison. Case closed.

DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

Take away the pharmaceuticals and a opiate junkie will shoot anything.

ShannonRusnak
ShannonRusnak

They really need to start educating people about this drug.  But again, if people still do it and know they only have 3 years to live..  can't stop a horse from drinking water.

AlanMariscal
AlanMariscal

Get over it, this drug WILL spread all over the world, I really don't know why you get so surprised it's spreading inside the US,it will spread all over the world just like any other drug, just a matter of time, as long as there is demand (there will always be demand unfortunately) it will find it's way to the corners of any country.

SwiftFan
SwiftFan

If people don't die from using it they should be euthanized.  If you're dumb enough to inject gasoline, paint thinner, and alcohol into yourself then you don't deserve to waste hospital's time and materials.

MichaelLaRocque
MichaelLaRocque

is it that people don't know what they're buying?  Are drug dealers selling this to unsuspecting users?

do user really understand what this is?


rowarho3
rowarho3

....when people use this type of medicine". Medicine?? Really??

adibese
adibese

@DanMiller2 Well, yes actually. I know you're in crazy-ville, but the war on drugs (dreamt up by your fellow looneys) does nothing to help anybody.

AlexTrabal
AlexTrabal

@OptimusP The people that make this drug know exactly where to get codeine. Stop being dumb and open your eyes!!!

therealdude
therealdude

@ShannonRusnak The only problem with that is look at meth. Almost everyone knows how terrible it is. Yet we still have so many that decide to use it. Hardcore drug abusers would shoot-up on lye if they really thought it'd get them high.

JoshuaMatthiasGrandt
JoshuaMatthiasGrandt

@AlanMariscal 
Do some research on the drug. The people that have done it DIDNT want to do it. They thought it was just cheap heroin, not some drug that eats your flesh inside-out.
In Russia, Heroin addicts are AFRAID and TERRIFIED if they are really getting heroin or this drug instead.

For the heroin addict, heroin is all there is for them anymore....and if they can score it cheaper - they will. But they dont want to die.   There is a videographic documentation on this drug, it will help you realize how not even the users wanted to use it.

JoshuaMatthiasGrandt
JoshuaMatthiasGrandt

@SwiftFan Dont be so ignorant and heartless to anyone's situation.
At some point in someone's life they mad a series of terrible mistakes.

They took this drug most likely having no idea what it was while thinking it was something they took before (similar to buying hits of acid, not knowing that acid wasnt acid, but mescaline instead) - except the heroin turned out to be a poison far worse than the heroin.

sure, its dump to do such drugs, but its not like they intentionally got themselves injected with a drug that mutilates your body inside and out.

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Any one smart enough to get large (commercial, cookable) quantities of codeine would easily get the other main substance to convert to Di-morphine..... Idiots who can't will make it, even if they have to a simple AB extraction

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Lol!! They do anyway.... Good old Draino, everyone needs a catalytic agent

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Crap - as an ex addict, self responsibility is the only answer to getting clean

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