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Deadly flesh-eating drug hits the U.S.

Published On: Sep 28 2013 10:40:12 PM CDT
FULTON, Mo. -

A new recreational drug that rots flesh and bone is now on the street of the U.S.

Right now, the drug has only been found in Arizona, but local authorities say it could come to Mid-Missouri any time.

The drug is called Krokodil, and is a cheaper, stronger, and more addictive form of heroine.

It eats away the flesh from the inside out, causing a scaly appearance, like it's namesake animal.

The drug also causes brain damage as well as kidney and liver failure.  Experts say those who use the drug usually die from it within two or three years.

It's made with codeine, iodine, paint thinner, gasoline, and other similar household items.  Local police are concerned the chemicals are easy to get and the drug is easy to make.

Krokodil is a powder drug, melted down and injected into the veins.  It can be easily mistaken for less-deadly drug like cocaine, heroine, or crushed up pills. 

While heroin addicts looking for a cheaper fix are the most likely candidates to take this drug, local authorities warn parents to keep an eye on their kids, because 90 percent of addictions start when people start using drugs in their teens.

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