Flesh-Eating Drugs

Flesh-eating drugs have made their way to the US and Russia according to reports published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Six patients were found to have discolored patches on their skin after using cocaine that was cut with levamisole, a synthetic drug compound often used to fight cancer. Levamisole-cut cocaine also has the effect of rotting the flesh around the ears of its users.

The US Department of Justice has found that levamisole appears to be a popular chemical among those who cut cocaine, and around 70 percent of the cocaine distributed in the US is cut with it. In Russia, the new drug being used is known as “krokodil” (“crocodile”), and is made from gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine, red phosphorous and codeine. Krokodil is making the skin of its user appear to be a green and have “scales”, similar to an actual crocodile. There are currently around 2.5 million addicts in Russia and hundreds of thousands of krokodil addicts. Russia is still debating about changing its drug policies.

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Contains information from Gawker.

 

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