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3 treated for flesh eating drug in Will County

A flesh eating disease has made its way from Russia to the U.S– and in a matter of a week it made its way from the west to the Midwest, more specifically Joliet.


The flesh eating disease has surfaced in drug users. People think they are buying heroine on the streets and they are getting something called ‘krokodil’ instead. It is the Russian word for ‘crocodile’– named so because it first creates a green scaly wound on your skin before it begins to spread and eat away at your flesh, muscles, even tendons.

Dr. Abhin Singla is an addiction specialist with presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. He has been reading about the effects of krokodil for 10 years.

Last week it surfaced in Arizona and Utah.

Sunday it walked into his hospital in the southwest suburbs.

“All I smelled was rotten flesh. I knew exactly what that was,” Dr. Singla said.

Two women in their 20′s thought they were buying heroine and got krokodil instead. Within minutes of administering the injection, their symptoms resembled those of krokodil users, but the damage now is far more extensive.

Krokodil is made of gasoline, paint thinner, butane and other harmful chemicals. And it’s made its way to Joliet of all places because, the doctor thinks– so many interstates pass by or go through Joliet.

According to Dr. Singla, krokodil hit near-epidemic proportions in Russia between 2000 and 2002. It is one third the cost of heroin and three times as potent.

But the high doesn’t last as long.

Overdose is common. In the end, if the addiction doesn’t kill the user, history shows the flesh eating disease typically does.


17 Comments to “3 treated for flesh eating drug in Will County”

    Joe said:
    October 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Wow, sounds like my idea of a good time.

    keeping real said:
    October 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    WTF!! all illegal drugs should be like that you use it and you die!!

    Clem said:
    October 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Users don’t know it’s not heroin. This sounds like a KGB-CIA operation to cause untold damage in Afghanistan which made it’s way here.

    Guest said:
    October 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Those are my family members. Exactly right about them not knowing it was heroin.

    Mike said:
    October 10, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Good, let all the cocaine users die

    Mike said:
    October 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Good, now all the cocaine users in the area will die

      Monoxide said:
      October 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Where in this article is cocaine mentioned? Krokodil is substituted for heroin. If you read the article and watched the story you'd know this Mike.

    Hal said:
    October 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    definitely not a chick magnet.

    nicole said:
    October 10, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    First of all its scary and sad… but even more so awakening… you do not ever know exactly what you are purchasing… second of all, heroin was spelt wrong in this article and I also think that is sad.

    nicole said:
    October 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    and for these who think users should die, should get an education. its a disease…. do you wish everyone who gets cancer to die? keep your ignorant opinions to yourself… or kill yourself :)

    Don said:
    October 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Heroin, not heroine. Minus ten points from the fast- and spell-checkers at WGN.

    katjoy said:
    October 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Could we please spell the name of the drug correctly? It's heroin not a female hero: heroine. I get so tired of seeing news articles with grammar and spelling errors. Edit your work, people!

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