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The Deadliest “Flesh-Eating” Krokodil Drug In Russia Injecting Its Way In The U.S. [Graphic Image] – Reports Claim That It Has Been Hitting The Streets Of Ohio!

By Staff Writer | November 03, 2013 10:46 AM EST

The zombie, flesh-eating drug krokodil, which got its name from the green-black lesions it leaves on the skin after injection, may have made its way in Columbus, Ohio. A homeless man has reportedly told the medics that he had been using the drug.

"The patient had a large, open wound and it is consistent with what we've been seeing, or the trend when people use this type of medicine [sic]," Deputy Fire Chief Jim Davis told WBNS-TV on Friday.

Dr. Frank LoVecchio, co-medical director at Banner Poison, Drug and Information Center told 10TV that the symptoms from the drug began showing up in Oklahoma is now in Ohio.

"This is up there as one of the craziest new trends I've seen," LoVecchio said. "We've known about it in Russia, and we've known what it has done there. It's really decimated whole cities there."

Previously, reports have been made that the deadly Krokodil has taken its way to Chicago where five people were hospitalized in Joliet, Illinois with similar symptoms with cases reported by health care officers in Arizona and Oklahoma.

Dr. Abhin Singla said he suspects a woman he treated was suffering from krokodil addiction. Singla is an internist and addiction specialist at Joliet's Presence St. Joseph Medical Center. The patient lost significant portions of her legs, he said.

The krokodil victims claimed that they paid for heroin and instead they received krokodil.

"It's a zombie drug -- it literally kills you from the inside out," Singla said. "If you want way to die, this is a way to die."

The deadly drug first popped in Russia, where users of krokodil are usually young people with short or no drug histories at all, according to study. Users seek medical attention during the late stages of their addiction where they end up with rotting gums, bone infections, decayed structure of the jaw and facial bones, severe mutilations, sores and ulcers on the forehead and skull as well as rotting ears, noses and lips and liver and kidney problems.

Krokodil is cheaper than heroin it is a homemade drug that can be easily cooked up in someone's home much like meth. It is a combination of codeine with chemicals easily available at home like iodine, products with strong alkalies such as kitchen or bathroom cleaner, hydrochloric acid, red phosphorous from matches and most commonly organic solvents such as paint thinner or gasoline, according to the study.

"This may be an inexpensive high compared to other drugs, according to its reputation, (but it) is more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms and be a real problem for users," Dr. Robert Geller, medical director of the Georgia Poison Center said. "My advice is to would-be users, 'Don't.' This is a risky way to try and get high."

"Once you start using this drug on a daily basis, you could die within two years," LoVecchio said.

"Other reports are that death is probably due to overwhelming infection. Your body can't fight the infection."

A statement made by the medical director for the Central Ohio Poison Center said that there have been possible cases of krokodil abuse in the state outside of Columbus.

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