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Experts Call Krokodil Drug Vile, Destructive

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Experts say the drug krokodil is so destructive and so vile even they didn't want see the effects up close.

We warn you some of the images you're about to see are really graphic, but this story needs to be told.

It's being called a super drug, something even blowing the minds of the most hardened drug user.

It's a horrific heroin knock-off named for the green scaly damage it leaves on the skin, even worse it also carries dire flesh eating consequences.

FOX 29's Dave Kinchen met up an Undercover Narcotics Enforcement officer from the Bensalem Police Department.

His team was recently briefed on krokodil and sized up its devastating potential for the Delaware Valley.

Krokodil first surfaced in Russia as a far cheaper alternative to heroin but early reports of krokodil use have trickled into the United States in places like Arizona Utah and Ohio.

A doctor at a Chicago-area treatment center recently saw a 25-year-old woman that thought she bought heroin that turned out to be krokodil.

"By the time she came in the hospital she had 70 80 percent almost burns. They were really gangrene from the inside of the body out. Literally when I walked in the room all I could smell was rotting flesh," Dr.Abhin Singla said.

Experts say users first start to notice lesions these developing around the injection sites and by the time the body essentially breaks down users can't stop.

Drug enforcement officials say they haven't seen it across the Delaware Valley yet and addiction specialists want to keep it that way.

Ken Dickinson works for the Gaudenzia Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers and says he's tracking possible cases outside Baltimore. He says krokodil is an opiate injected like heroin but much more powerful and the bigger danger comes from how it's made.

Dickinson says it's those chemical combinations that create these terrifying images and that's what scares even the most seasoned narcotic enforcement officials on the streets.

Kinchen says despite what police and the doctors say the DEA tells him they can't actually confirm the existence of krokodil in the United States.

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