Horror drug ‘Krokodil’ arrives in Mexico
The first cases of abuse of “Krokodil,” a nightmarish, flesh-eating drug that leaves users looking like zombies, were reported in Mexico this week.
Jose Sotero Ruiz Hernandez of the National Institute of Immigration told Prensa Global on Tuesday that the drug has arrived in both Mexico City and the Pacific resort of Puerto Vallarta, where a 17-year-old girl was recently treated at an IMSS public healthcare facility.
“The girl who consumed the drug had an infection in her private parts and there was already rotting. It was not because of sexual activity, she said she had been consuming krokodil for two months,” Ruiz said. “The girl says that they sell it just like cocaine on any street corner.”
Officially known as desomorphine, the highly addictive drug is a cheaper alternative to heroin made from mixing codeine with other household items and administered via injection. Regular use causes the flesh to rot, leaving users with scaly skin, puss and horrific open wounds. Long-term users face a decreased life expectancy and may require the amputation of limbs as their wounds leave them susceptible to gangrene and other infections.
Abuse of homemade desomorphine was first reported in remote areas of Siberia in 2002, but in recent years the drug has begun to spread from Russia to Europe and now Mexico and the United States.