Posted: 8:51 P.M (MST)
There is disturbing news coming out of Phoenix this week as the use of the severely dangerous drug known as "Krokodil" has been reported in the state.
The drug, scientifically known as desomorphine, first became relevant in Russia, where it has been used since 2002. Once injected, it causes damage to blood vessels and skin tissue, causing a persons flesh to rot from the inside out.
The graphic sores that some users develop turn green and scaly, hence where the drug gets its street name. Some of the potential ingredients are codeine, oil, paint thinner, and gasoline.
Leslie Bloom, CEO of DrugFreeAz.org says people need to understand the significant risks they are taking by using such a dangerous substance.
Two cases have been reported here in Arizona and are believed to be the first known cases of it's use in the U.S. The most frightening fact of all is the average life expectancy of a "Krokodil" user is only about three years.