An internist at Provena St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Joliet, Ill., Dr. Abhin Singla, reported treating at least three patients suffering from scaly skin, abscesses, lesions and gangrenous limbs. All of those symptoms are consistent with krokodil abuse.
“It is a horrific way to get sick," said Dr. Singla. "The smell of rotten flesh permeates the room." The drug feasts on flesh and amputation is often the only viable medical treatment.
According to Singla, one of the patients was a 25-year-old heroin user who reported switching over to krokodil about a month ago.
"When she came in, she had the destruction that occurred because of this drug over about 70 percent of her lower body," Singla said.
Reports emerged last month about Arizona physicians treating patients who claimed to have used krokodil. Cases in both states remain unconfirmed at this time.
Krokodil is created by processing codeine with ordinary ingredients like paint thinner, iodine, hydrochloric acid, red phosphorus, gasoline and lighter fluid.
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