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Dec 13, 2013 5:01 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Krokodil: A Deadly Drug

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police are keeping an eye out for an extremely dangerous drug they fear could show up on our streets in the near future.

It's called "krokodil", and it's so destructive, the average user is usually dead within three years.

The drug is a combination of extremely caustic materials.

Its main component is crushed codeine, and it's usually mixed with hydrochloric acid, iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, and the red phosphorous from matchstick heads.

It's fairly easy to make and the appeal is that it's three times cheaper than heroin, but it gives users the same high.

The drug eats away your body from the inside like battery acid through plastic, causing sores all over your body.

Eventually, the sores eat away the flesh.

Police say there've been no cases of Krokodil here, but this nasty drug that originated in Russia over 10 years ago has made its way to the States and Mexico.

That makes C.C.P.D. cautious, as they wonder if the drug will start getting trafficked over.

Captain David Cook with C.C.P.D. Narcotics explains.

"There's always a thought that that would occur. I mean it's a cheap drug and I can assure you that if the cartels believe that there's a profit to be made, they'll start trafficking it and we'll start seeing it," Captain Cook says.

In the States, there have been deaths associated with the use of this drug in Arizona and Ohio.

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