Health Officials Worried Over Flesh-Rotting Drug

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ARIZONA — A powerful drug, similar to heroin, has emerged in the United States and has health officials worried.

The drug, known as “krokodil,” rots flesh and bone, according to USA Today. It’s a homemade opiate made from over-the-counter codeine-based pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol.

When injected, it destroys a user’s tissue and turns the skin scaly and green.

Health officials have seen two cases in the past week in Arizona and believe they are the first cases in the country that have been reported.

“Krokodil” emerged in Siberia and the Russian Far East. It became popular because it is much less expensive than heroin, but will give a similar high.

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