This extremely addictive injectable opioid is called krokodil (pronounced like crocodile) or desomorphine. It’s so named in part because users report black or green scaly skin as a side effect.
This weekend five people were hospitalized in the Chicago suburb of Joliet, Illinois, with symptoms similar to cases reported recently by health care providers in Arizona and Oklahoma.
Dr. Abhin Singla said he suspects a woman he treated this weekend was suffering from krokodil addiction. Singla is an internist and addiction specialist at Joliet’s Presence St. Joseph Medical Center. The patient lost significant portions of her legs, he said.
“It’s a zombie drug — it literally kills you from the inside out,” Singla said. “If you want way to die, this is a way to die.”[sic]
(KTLA) YORBA LINDA, Calif. – A man who allegedly smashed through a sliding glass door and entered a home in Yorba Linda before being fatally shot by the homeowner was said to have been “hallucinating” and talking about “zombies,” authorities said Monday [October 28, 2013].
The shooting took place in the 5100 block of Wendover Road at about 3:15 a.m. on Sunday [October 27, 2013], according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The man, identified as Paul Bracamontes, 22, of Fullerton, was allegedly in the back yard of the home when he began screaming at the homeowners through a sliding glass door, threatening to harm them, deputies said.
I have seen with my own eyes the dangerous effects that ecstasy can have on a person. So I was shocked to hear that one of my favorite performers, CeeLo Green, has been charged with allegedly furnishing ecstasy to a 33-year-old woman, after the woman claimed that Green placed the drug in her drink in July 2012, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Let’s get one thing straight: Ecstasy is one of the most dangerous chemical products created by humans. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA ecstasy, was originally patented as an appetite suppressant, but was banned because of its potentially dangerous side effects and deadly consequences.
Some of the risks associated with ecstasy use include elevated heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, blurred vision and dangerous increases in body temperature, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Furthermore, ecstasy is capable of altering a person’s brain chemistry.
Ecstasy has many street names including molly, E, X, the party drug and the love drug. But regardless of what it’s called, most forms of ecstasy on the market today are not a pure form of MDMA. They are typically contaminated with other types of drugs from heroin to LSD, making ecstasy a highly dangerous substance.
(CNN) — A young transient who said he was trying to shake zombies off a stolen semi-trailer truck he was driving caused a major freeway incident in southern California that sent four people to the hospital and tied up traffic for hours, the California Highway Patrol said.
Jerimiah Clyde Hartline, 19, was arrested in connection with the theft an 18-wheeler fully loaded with strawberries on Sunday near Temecula, according to the highway patrol.
Officer Nate Baer said Hartline had been riding with truck driver Daniel Martinez since his trip started in Tennessee after being kicked out of his home. When Martinez stopped to fill out paperwork at an inspection site, he left Hartline alone in the truck, Baer said. Hartline then jumped behind the wheel of the truck, sped off and soon after crashed into several vehicles on the freeway, Baer said.
Hartline was apparently under the influence of a substance that caused him to hallucinate, Baer said.
“He thought zombies were chasing him and clinging to the truck,” Baer said in an e-mail.
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