Case of 'flesh-eating' drug krokodil suspected in McHenry County

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Staff | October 17, 2013

Physicians in McHenry County are treating a drug user with large skin lesions that may have been caused by a street drug known as “krokodil,” according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

When injected, the drug, a homemade version of desomorphine, causes gangrene from the inside and makes the skin dark and scaly, earning its nickname of krokodil.

Last week, a doctor in Joliet, Ill. reported treating five similar cases, but state health officials remain skeptical krocodil is the cause. 

The drug, made with codeine tablets and caustic chemicals, such as lighter fluid or cleaning products, has been a problem in Russia and Ukraine. 

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