The unnamed woman was in the intensive care unit at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg City, Pennsylvania, when staff noticed that, for a woman in her condition, she was getting an awful lot of visitors, and none of them stayed very long — just in and out all day. One didn’t even know her last name.
A woman found her soon-to-be ex-husband unconscious alongside their son, who he had injected with a cocktail of deadly drugs, including heroin.
The first cases of side effects from using krocodil, aka desomorphine, have surfaced in the U.S. The drug is so caustic that it causes the skin and flesh at the injection site to turn green and scaly — like a crocodile’s — and become infected and necrotic. A krocodil user’s life expectancy is 2-4 years at best.
A Russian surgeon was recently summoned by police in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to remove drugs from the stomach of a captured drug mule. This in itself is not so unusual given the creative ways that drug mules have taken to stashing their contraband. What is unusual, is that in this case the doctor seems to have taken some of the drugs for himself.
Unlike the scare tactics used in middle school drug education programs, this description of heroin doesn’t gloss over the drug’s pleasurable effects before delving into the dire consequences.