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.
one of the latest in the synthetic drug threats," said Melissa
Dotter, Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator.
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.
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.
eats flesh from the inside out and can be deadly. We saw it gets much
worse, but those images were too graphic to show.
why would someone take a drug like this?
say it comes down to money.
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.
has no reported cases of Krokodil right now. But authorities say with
a growing heroin problem here, it might not be too far away.
not whether or not we stop the problem, we just have to stay ahead of
the game," said Parks.
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