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Flesh-eating drug has local officials concerned

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

A new flesh-eating drug is causing a lot of concern across the country, including right here at home. It's called Krokodil. It comes from Russia and used as a substitute for heroin. Now showing up in parts of the United States, even as close as Chicago.

"It's one of the latest in the synthetic drug threats," said Melissa Dotter, Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator.

"It almost starts like a burn from a cigarette. It starts purple and then goes into a blister after five or six days," explained Amber Nietzl. Nietzl is one of five documented victims of the drug in Illinois. It's also been reported in Oklahoma and Arizona. Authorities here in Marathon County say they're worried.

"It's a concern because a lot of the cocaine and heroin currently in this area is coming from southern Wisconsin and Illinois," said Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks.

Krokodil eats flesh from the inside out and can be deadly. We saw it gets much worse, but those images were too graphic to show. So why would someone take a drug like this? Authorities say it comes down to money.

"When you look at the reasons people do drugs in the first place is to feel better, to feel good, to feel that high, and if you can make it cheaper, absolutely it's definitely a threat," said Dotter.

Wisconsin has no reported cases of Krokodil right now. But authorities say with a growing heroin problem here, it might not be too far away.

"It's not whether or not we stop the problem, we just have to stay ahead of the game," said Parks.

A game that's clearly shown to be very dangerous.

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