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The most dangerous drug in the world it's three times as potent about a third of the cost of heroin.
And it literally rots the flash of the user from the inside out it's called -- a deal or crocodile.
And it's just hit Illinois -- I'll warn you some of the graphics some of the pictures we're gonna show you are.
Really graphic we're here with doctor up and sing -- director addiction services at president's Saint Joseph medical center in Joliet.
Doctors good to have you think you this is something that we were just finding out about and you saw your first case up close Sunday.
Sunday night yet we and there are some sporadic reports of two cases in in Nevada and Las Vegas about two weeks ago.
It's been in Russia for ten years and we've seen a few cases in Europe but then it as quickly jumped.
You know from the west side all the way up to the midwest.
Within a week and -- three already.
Okay so so what is it exactly how to people created and and just tell me more about this crocodile crocodile what happened in 2003 Russia and they weren't able to get heroin for the heroin addicts.
And -- -- they've.
Oh coating which is available over the counter here's prescription that your -- by mixing gasoline butane lighter fluid red phosphorus.
He could make something compound called this morphine which is three times as strong as heron -- there -- the cost.
And that was -- substitution for Ireland and Russia that salute kind of moved across Europe and is now we're certain procedure in the midwest right.
And the effects of this are are just devastating when you saw the the individual you're examining did you know right away what it was.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- When I walked in the room -- -- -- -- was rotted flesh.
And her legs about 80% of her legs were covered with.
What looks like crocodile skin and hope big opened gaping wounds as well but that writing future francs.
-- -- -- Give it away right away.
-- I understand it and these pictures as we say are just really gruesome but.
We understand that the drug is is cheaper than heroin often as little as 10% of the price is that partly why it might be.
Popular to some.
In in two of the cases in one case.
The dealer actually gave her crocodile.
Not telling her she's thinking she was getting heroin.
And the dealer and unscrupulous sister -- was trying to.
Make more money against -- The other patient had a hundred dollar -- day habit couldn't afford it anymore and the dealers that there's this need to -- crocodile you can have for thirty and feel just as well and should that.
Got it now one of the theories being proposes that the high.
Really really high and that.
For so some folks who maybe are used to her when they want to take it to the next level is that part of the attraction that's.
-- the attraction as well you know when you're taking so -- -- can't get.
Enough of the -- affected the the feel good effect.
Without all the side effects and so by switching to another drug that's a little bit stronger.
-- we'll do that and unfortunately when when patients are in the throes of an active addiction yet you don't really think about the consequences of what they're doing.
I guess that's the last question people watch instantly -- anybody in their right mind try this for the fact is they're not.
-- their right mind right exactly they're not in the right line and then you have dealers that are giving them.
Drugs that are different that what they're not expecting that in the throes of an active -- addiction patients -- and funnel into anything that they need to do in order to feel okay.
Conductor how worried -- -- that this is going to be -- More prevalent more more prevalent we know how -- spread the use of heroin is today it is everywhere.
Can this be something that will will soon escalate this was gonna get a lot worse before it's -- -- get better.
It's really a lot -- well and the fatality rates in in Russia reported that people start using this within two years they -- It's just and it's it's a very painful and and gruesome way to go obviously sores all over your body you can actually see muscle and bone right.
You know skin -- -- not amputations and people actually died from substance from infection.
It's it's terrible stuff little stuff we appreciate -- -- shedding some light on.
Really something that very few people know about -- we're starting to understand just how dangerous it is we appreciate -- that you -- right.
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