Indiana Health Officials Say Flesh-Eating Drug Turning Up Across the State
Indiana health officials say they are concerned about the recent insurgence of the flesh-eating drug Krokodil turning up in portions of the state. It is believed that the heroin-like drug, which causes erosion of the flesh and even death, is likely trickling into Indiana from South Chicago.
Dr. James Mowry, Director of the Indiana Poison Center says the fact that this vicious drug, with Russian origins, has found its way to American is frightening.
"It's very potent. It's about eight to ten times more potent than morphine is -- very short acting. You only get a high that lasts for an hour to an hour and a half. Then, you start withdrawing and you want to do it more often," said Dr. Mowry.
However, the real cause for alarm regarding Krokodil is the risk of serious infection, which ultimately leads to gangrene. "As a consequence, people once they become addicted, have a very short life expectancy, usually less than two years," said Dr. Mowry.
Dr. Mowry also adds that if this drug becomes more prevalent across the state, it can be expected to devastate communities and stump medical professionals attempting to treat it. In short, Krokodil makes methamphetamine look like baby aspirin.