Local Hospital Has Two Suspected Krokodil Cases – KWCH

Posted: Fri 10:25 PM, Nov 17, 2017  | 

Updated: Fri 10:28 PM, Nov 17, 2017

Codeine, gasoline and paint thinner are just some of the ingredients in a dangerous drug people are injecting into their body.
It’s known as Krokodil, and it entered the U.S. a few years ago.
Via Christi officials tell us it had two suspected cases of Krokodil.
They couldn’t give us a time frame or any other details.
It is a synthetic opioid, and causes a user’s skin to die and fall off.

“Apparently there are some questions to whether or not we’ve had some, I cannot confirm or deny. If we have not seen any I’m sure it’s only a matter of time based on the nature of the drug,” said Via Christi ER Physician, Thomas Higgins, M.D.

At a local treatment center, Valley Hope Wichita, they have not seen any cases, but have heard about the grim effects.

“Krokodil has set a new standard for addiction and destruction. The average life expectancy of a heroin addict is four to seven years, for Krokodil it is one to two years,” said Wichita Valley Hope program director, Cindy Bauman.

The drug devastates the body from the inside out which is most likely where it got its name, Krokodil.

“Necrosis, they get basically their skin falls off and dies from what I have seen and what I have read,” said Higgins.

Wichita Police, and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office have not had any reported cases.

“Krokodil really has not been seen much if at all in our region, every now and then we’ll hear of a remote story of an individual that shows up at a hospital claiming to have used Krokodil.” said DEA Special Agent Doug Dorley.

Special agents say the drug has not really taken off in the U.S.

“The main reason is because we have such a supply of prescription drugs that contain opiates in it, and also you have the street drugs of heroin that is readily available in the Midwest,” said Dorley.

So once again these two suspected cases are not confirmed.
A physician at Via Christi told us they would treat it like other opioid overdoses.

Posted: Fri 10:25 PM, Nov 17, 2017  | 

Updated: Fri 10:28 PM, Nov 17, 2017

Codeine, gasoline and paint thinner are just some of the ingredients in a dangerous drug people are injecting into their body.
It’s known as Krokodil, and it entered the U.S. a few years ago.
Via Christi officials tell us it had two suspected cases of Krokodil.
They couldn’t give us a time frame or any other details.
It is a synthetic opioid, and causes a user’s skin to die and fall off.

“Apparently there are some questions to whether or not we’ve had some, I cannot confirm or deny. If we have not seen any I’m sure it’s only a matter of time based on the nature of the drug,” said Via Christi ER Physician, Thomas Higgins, M.D.

At a local treatment center, Valley Hope Wichita, they have not seen any cases, but have heard about the grim effects.

Krokodil has set a new standard for addiction and destruction. The average life expectancy of a heroin addict is four to seven years, for Krokodil it is one to two years,” said Wichita Valley Hope program director, Cindy Bauman.

The drug devastates the body from the inside out which is most likely where it got its name, Krokodil.

“Necrosis, they get basically their skin falls off and dies from what I have seen and what I have read,” said Higgins.

Wichita Police, and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office have not had any reported cases.

“Krokodil really has not been seen much if at all in our region, every now and then we’ll hear of a remote story of an individual that shows up at a hospital claiming to have used Krokodil.” said DEA Special Agent Doug Dorley.

Special agents say the drug has not really taken off in the U.S.

“The main reason is because we have such a supply of prescription drugs that contain opiates in it, and also you have the street drugs of heroin that is readily available in the Midwest,” said Dorley.

So once again these two suspected cases are not confirmed.
A physician at Via Christi told us they would treat it like other opioid overdoses.

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