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Authorities Fear New Drug Krokodil Will Come to Central Ohio
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Authorities fear krokodil, a cheaper and more dangerous alternative to heroin, could soon make its way to central Ohio.
The drug is currently gaining in popularity in Russia and Eastern Europe, despite its serious side effects, which include the rotting of flesh and muscle from the bones of users.
Though the drug's effects are often compared to those of heroin, experts say it is manufactured in a fashion similar to that of crystal meth.
"The process is really similar. They use a lot of the same precursors -- paint thinner, red phosphorous, or gasoline," Franklin County Major Steven Tucker said.
Krokodil's dangers are enhanced by its relatively low price -- it is significantly cheaper than heroin -- and the fact that it is highly addictive.
Users' life expectancy after their habit begins is two to three years, according to experts, who say amputation is often the only treatment for the drug's side effects.