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October 16, 2013

Ill. sisters: Heroin-like drug 'Krokodil' eats flesh and destroys skin, lives

Doctors say Krokodil rots the skin from the inside out causing gangrene; one sister had to undergo emergency surgery last week to save her legs

WLS.com

JOLIET, Ill. — There is a new warning about a deadly drug said to devour flesh from the inside out. Several members of one suburban family are struggling to cope with the effects of Krokodil, the drug known as "crocodile."

Amber Neitzel of Joliet says she first noticed the wounds on her skin 18 months ago. "It almost starts like a burn from a cigarette," she said. "It starts purple and then goes into a blister after five or six days."

Amber Neitzel and her sister Angie Neitzel are heroin addicts. They're also two of the five confirmed victims of a heroin-like flesh eating drug called Krokodil, or crocodile, reported by St. Joseph Medical Center last week, the first confirmed cases in Illinois. "I'm scared to death right now. I can barely leave my house," Angie Neitzel said.

Full story: Joliet sisters: Heroin-like drug 'Krokodil' eats flesh and destroys skin, lives

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KatRina Kush Brand KatRina Kush Brand Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:22:25 PM Stupid junkies
Laura Stuart Gray Laura Stuart Gray Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:01:54 PM this is so frightening!!
J.j. Gemmell J.j. Gemmell Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:54:18 PM OMG !!!! :(
Robert Hutson Robert Hutson Thursday, October 17, 2013 8:06:43 AM I guess then you will think twice before shooting up again. No sympathy for what you do to yourself!!!
Sherri Bennett Young Sherri Bennett Young Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:03:19 AM My father died of a flesh eating bacteria in 2010. He was a retired farmer and paramedic, not a junkie. Still do not know how he got it so don't be too quick to assume you are exempt.
Irma Jane Alvarez Irma Jane Alvarez Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:39:42 AM WAHHH WAHHH WAHHH........WHAT ELSE DO THEY EXPECT....AND I GUARANTEE YOU THEY GETTING ALL THE FREE MEDICAL HELP THEY WANT....SO THAT A CURE CAN BE FOUND....DUHHHH.....GET OFF THE DRUGS...JUNKIES
Carol Ann Belle Carol Ann Belle Thursday, October 17, 2013 1:10:39 PM Stupid is as Stupid does!!! You put that junk in your system, so you play, you pay!!! I have NO sympathy for a junkie!!
Ryan Farman Ryan Farman Monday, November 11, 2013 1:50:27 PM People c'mon

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