NATION

Krokodil drug surfaces in United States after years in Russa

Decrease Increase Text size

A drug that has long been available in Russia that is made partly with gasoline and causes a user's skin to become scaly and green has surfaced in the United States, Time reports.

Krokodil, a cheap street drug that has been prevalent in Russia since about 2002, sent two people to a poison control center in Arizona earlier this month.

The drug, which Time says closely resembles heroin, is made of codeine and a mixture of gasoline, alcohol and paint thinners.

A medical official in Phoenix told KPHO that the discovery of Krokodil in the United States is "frightening."

"They extract the drug, and even though they believe that most of the oil and gasoline is gone, there is still remnants of it," Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at the Banner Desert Poison Control Center, told KPHO. "Just injecting a little bit of it into your veins can cause a lot of damage."

Officials worry that this initial discovery is just the tip of the iceberg.

Recommended For You