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A Drug That Causes Users to 'Rot to Death' May Have Surfaced in Ohio

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala) A deadly drug may have hit the streets of central Ohio and thats giving narcotics officers a big scare.

The drug is called krokodil and it is made using gasoline, paint thinner, red phosphorus and lighter fluid.  Investigators say its heavy users die within a two year time frame as the injected codeine cocktail eats away at your body from the inside out.

"Most people who die from this drug literally rot to death," said Major Steven Tucker of the Franklin County Sheriffs Office. "There's no other drug that causes any other reaction like that in the body."

Area medics now say they spotted some of the unique sores created by krokodil when treating a homeless man downtown two weeks ago. They asked about the open wounds on his arms and he had admitted to shooting up the codeine concoction. They did not take any samples of the mans blood to be tested, so this apparently krokodil case will remain undocumented.

Tucker said there have yet to be any documented cases in the U.S. and none of his informants have told him that krokodil is in our area.

More undocumented cases have surfaced in Phoenix and Chicago these last few months.

Krokodil was created in Russia to become a cheaper option to heroin.

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