Category Archives: Drug Addiction

Missouri man could be first published case of flesh eating heroin in US

Shayn Roby’s Take: This is alarming, but not surprising. People actually sell this poison on the streets. People take it, and come back for more, even though they see what it is doing to their bodies.

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)– In December 2012, a 30-year-old man walked into the emergency room at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights in need of help.

The patient, an admitted IV drug user, showed doctors his thigh covered with rotting skin. He had also lost a finger and told doctors that he injected himself with a homemade form of heroin called Krokodil made with codeine, gasoline, paint thinners and other chemicals.

Doctors say the man could no longer support his $300 a day heroin habit and wanted a cheap and potent alternative. The unnamed man was seen twice over a three month periodand the Missouri case can potentially be the first documented case in the U.S.

St. Mary’s Doctor Dany Thekkemuriyil and Doctor Unnikrishnan Pillai both say they were stunned by what they saw. The patient started using Krokodil eight months before he went to…

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