Zombie Drug in the United States
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. On Friday, although Halloween is over, there is a new narcotic that’s slowly creeping into the United States making the idea of zombies, seem more realistic.
In 2002 Krokodile and or the zombie drug began showing up in the United States.
"It’s been around for a while," said Community Outreach Deputy, Chad Williams.
"It's just that skin break down, open wounds, sores, gangrenous deadly tissue and look kind of like zombie skin,” said Community Hospital Medicine Director Marc Breen.
The first cases were reported to be in Arizona, Utah and in Illinois.
"So it's in our region yea, it’s heard obviously we have reports in Arizona obviously at least one report in Utah so that's right next door,” said Williams.
Williams says this drug was sort of a surprise when it showed up,
"And it's just not something that you hear about a lot but this is a drug that who's by products cause such injury to people that when it does show up here it kind of shocks the conscious to some extent,” said Williams.
Shocking is right, considering images and videos like these that actually shows the skin coming off a persons foot.
Dr. Breen, says the reason a person develops crocodile and zombie like skins is because the mixing of different products.
"They use chemicals such as gasoline, paint thinners, acetone to create the chemical,” said Breen.
Even though Krokodile is in the country it is very isolated. The main is because in Russia the products to make heroin are very expensive. And products in the United States to make Krokodile are hard to obtain.
"It's cheap, it's over the counter, codeine it is not an over the counter drug here you to have a prescription for it so it's harder to get,” said Williams.
Dr. Breen says once the drug is injected a reaction happens immediately.
"At the site of injection you have thickening of the skin. And eventually necrosis or death of that skin tissue causing open wounds and the typical crocodile appearance," said Breen.
Cases that were found in the United States have one thing in common; the user didn't know it was the zombie drug.
"There's a lot drugs that have been tampered with, that have been altered, that have been cut with other chemicals and especially in the case of Krokodile you may thinking your getting just regular street heroin and think that your safe," said Breen.
Dr. Breen also says that the life span for a user is about two to three years. Breen also say they have seen an increase in the past two to three years dealing with prescription drug abuse in the valley.