First Cases of Krokodil, Flesh-Eating Drug Desomorphine, Reported in US
First Cases of Krokodil, Flesh-Eating Drug Desomorphine, Reported in US

The first cases of the flesh-eating drug Krokodil–or Desomorphine–in the United States have been reported in Arizona.

Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner’s Poison Control Center, said that as far as the center is aware, the two cases are the first reported in the U.S.

“So we’re extremely frightened,” he told CBS.

Krokodil is infamous for being popular in Russia.

It’s made using codeine, iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and red phosphorus.

The drug was dubbed Krokodil (crocodile) because of the scale-like appearance of its users, according to the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The office notes that the drug is often high impure and since it is injected produces severe tissue damage, including injury to the veins.

Another possible impact is death.

LoVecchio said that users end up injecting fuel into their veins. 

“They extract [the drug] and even though they believe that most of the oil and gasoline is gone, there is still remnants of it. You can imagine just injecting a little bit of it into your veins can cause a lot of damage,” he said. 

LoVecchio couldn’t comment on the conditions of the two patients, but hopes the trend doesn’t spread into the U.S.

“Where there is smoke there is fire, and we’re afraid there are going to be more and more cases,” he said.



  • Phillip Cantu

    …aaand this is one of many horrible byproducts of drug prohibition: people making even worse *stuff than what was initially illegal.

    • Superfluid

      Exactly. And then the media blames drugs, when it in fact the culprit is the War on Drugs. Disgusting.

  • Stu

    How about some personal responsibility on the dumb @sses that would inject that crap into their veins and bodies!

    I don’t care who’s making it or pushing it…drugs are a destructive cop-out that limits thinking clearly, cognitive ability and any sense of being a responsible and productive individual to one’s self, family or society.

    Oh yea it either kills you from an overdose or breaks down your body and mind bit by bit until you’re just a parasitical shell of what you were and could of been.

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