Doctors Confirm World’s Most Horrifying Drug Has Hit the U.S. in New Article for Scholarly Journal

Two Missouri doctors have published their findings about Krokodil in the American Journal of Medicine.

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For two doctors, there’s no need to debate any longer: Krokodil is in the United States, and it’s a real threat.

After at least a year of suspicion and debate over whether a flesh-eating drug krokodil had actually made it into the United States, two doctors may have brought the debate closer than ever to the conclusion that it has arrived.

Dany Thekkemuriyil and Unnikrishnan Pillai, both physicians at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights, Mo., reported treating a patient in their emergency room in December 2012. The 30-year-old man revealed thighs where skin was rotting away and a hand with a missing finger, telling the doctors that he had been injecting himself with the synthesized version of heroin made from a cocktail of codeine, gasoline and several other chemicals. He said he had been using the designer drug eight months before seeking treatment.

“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,” Thekkemuriyil told KTVI-TV in St. Louis. He and Pillai submitted their findings to the American Journal of Medicine in February, further closing the window on speculation over the arrival of the drug from Russia, where it is an epidemic.  “Our case is the first case that’s been published in a recognized medical journal.”

Last month, Drug Enforcement Agency officials in Chicago expressed skepticism about the drug’s widespread use and are waiting to confirm cases by finding out where they can get samples of the drug. But emergency rooms from Arizona to Ohio are reporting treating patients with symptoms like those Thekkemuriyil and Pillai have described.“The damage was more severe compared to a regular IV drug user,”  Pillai said. “We want to keep it from spreading across our community. It eats people from the inside, it kills people from the inside literally.”

10 comments
RayPlocharczyk
RayPlocharczyk

America can never defeat the scourge of these hard drugs.  America does not have the will.  Americans do not have the will power to lose 10  pounds.  More education, more testing, just say no, tv advertisements have not worked.  Even the presidents, Clinton, Bush and Obama have done drugs including cocaine. You want to correct the drug problem in America by not being unduly harsh on these "victims."  Do you think we would have a drug problem in this country if Hitler was in charge, nope.  Why?  Triumph of the Will.

TammyBurnsFriedman
TammyBurnsFriedman

This drug will probably never be an epidemic in the US. People in Russia abuse it because real heroin is extremely hard to find whereas here it is plentiful. Secondly, codeine is available without a prescription in Russia, but in the US it's prescription only. That is the key ingredient to make desmorphine. The only thing it has going for it is that it's cheaper than heroin. We might see it on a small scale with people selling it masquerading it as real heroin.

JimDunning
JimDunning

Time is irresponsible for not updating this story with the DEA's findings that there is no Krokodil in the U.S.; it's just heroin and the reports are either from sensationalists or people who are just wrong. 

IliveahWaters1
IliveahWaters1

if they're that determined to knowingly place common corrosive chemicals in their bodies,  then they need to do it and die.   natural selection at work.   

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KameleonKarma
KameleonKarma

The patent for the main ingredient (Desomorphine which is a derivative of morphine) of this drug was actually patented in 1932 in the USA... the Russians made a street version I guess with horrible lethal consequences. Oh and I wish, coming from TIME Magazine no less, that reporters would spell "epidemic" correctly as that shocked me. I just don't want Time to join the ranks of the Daily Mail online and co.!

DanielleBoudreau
DanielleBoudreau

I understand that it is part of the reporting process but telling people how to make it is very very bad!! I highly doubt the people in Arizona got the drug from Russia!!


theefingking
theefingking

@RayPlocharczyk LMAO! Just like North Korea where EVERYONE is high on meth!

Yes, US can learn from Germany's drug policy, but addiction to cigarettes and alcohol is NO different... Thanks for the jokes! 

noonantimothyp
noonantimothyp

@DanielleBoudreau They gave only two of the ingredients and nothing about what you need to do to them to make them react or how much you need of each. There is no way anyone could make krokodil from that information.