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Claim of Flesh-Eating Drug in Yellow Springs, Task Force on Alert
DAYTON -- It's a horrific drug that gives its user a potential death sentence.
"It's extremely addictive, it takes a very short period of time, and the life expectancy for someone who uses this is less than two years," said Cindy Jennings, a forensic Nurse at Miami Valley Hospital.
The deadly drug she's talking about is Krokodil. The synthetic drug literally eats a person's flesh.
"At this moment in time, we don't have any suspicions that it's in this particular area or region, yet.," said Jennings.
Deceives in Yellow Springs are investigating after a heroin addict told his doctor someone tried to sell him Krokodil. With some suspected cases in the US, it has the attention of one group: the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Synthetic Drug Task Force. It's made up of law enforcement and medical professionals, they meet regularly and share info. Wednesday's summit was specifically on this drug.
"Having ER doctors involved with this to tell us what they're seeing helps us as law enforcement maybe to recognize it, get them treatment very quickly, because we're all trying to save lives here," said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly, who's on the committee.
The materials to make this dangerous drug include gasoline or other petroleum products, paint thinner, and industrial cleaners. But the key ingredient is codeine - and in the U.S. - you need a prescription for it.
"The only concern is Ohio sits close to the Canadian border area and codeine is over the counter in Canada so it warrants being watched," said Jennings who added she's pretty much seen it all, referring to the Bath Salts epidemic last year.
Cindy Jennings' says she's pretty much seen it all, but hopes she'll never get the chance to see Krokodil.
"When you look at the pictures it is just graphic and overwhelming to see what this drug can do."
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