DEA denies presence of flesh-eating drug Krokodil in U.S.
Despite reported cases in Ill. and Ariz., the agency is skeptical it's being used by Americans
Even with a new batch of purported cases of Krokodil being used in the U.S., federal authorities say they are skeptical that the nightmare drug that originated in Russia has reached American soil.
Fears that the drug — which is made by cooking codeine with various toxic chemicals, including lighter fluid, gasoline and industrial cleaners — could make its way to the United States have mounted since 2011, when a Drug Enforcement Administration official told FoxNews.com it was on the agency's radar overseas. But even with a Joliet, Ill., drug treatment physician going public this week with word that he's seen as many as four users of the drug, the DEA is not ready to recognize it as an immediate threat.
“We, the DEA, are not seeing cases of it,” agency spokeswoman Dawn Dearden told FoxNews.com. “Nothing’s been turned into any of our labs. As far as the DEA is concerned, we have not seen any cases.”