Heroin is pretty scary stuff. They’re claiming it’s on the rise again all over McHenry County. I don’t have access to the numbers, but I’m not buying that there’s necessarily been a huge increase. Every couple of years they say it’s “on the rise” or becoming an epidemic. Despite possessing the stuff being a felony or even handing heroin to somebody who ends up overdosing (even if it’s somebody you’re using with), carrying some fairly harsh felony consequences, it hasn’t disappeared.
I know that deaths are up, although that’s not necessarily an indication that general usage patterns have substantially increased. It’s not uncommon for a batch of “bad heroin” (not that any of it is good) to cause a cluster of overdoses. So deaths can actually rise and fall without any real correlation in total usage.
Anyhow, Krokodil use is on the rise, for sure. The Northwest Herald seems to believe somebody in McHenry County has been hospitalized by the substance this week:
“Dangerous flesh-eating drug may have arrived in county
A nasty flesh-eating street drug may have made its way to McHenry County, experts warn.
Centegra Health System advised Tuesday that it may be treating someone who injected themselves with “krokodil,” a heroin substitute of Russian origin. The drug is a toxic cocktail of opiates like codeine and substances such as gasoline and lighter fluid.
The drug causes users’ skin to turn scaly and green, hence the name, which is the Russian word for crocodile. The skin subsequently rots and falls off.
Centegra said in a statement that it is treating an intravenous drug user who has large skin lesions. Because the drug is cheaper than heroin, and heroin use is on the rise in McHenry County, officials fear local hospitals could see more krokodil victims…”
Bad stuff right there. Don’t think so? Here’s video of a girl from Joliet showing you how nasty the sores are and talking about it: