ISSN-1059-6518 Volume 26 Number 6
IS IT ALL HYPE? or IS THE CONCERN REAL?
By Frank Hubbell D.O.
Krokodil sounds wild, but in this case it is not necessarily a wilderness or backcountry type article. Unfortunately, some people do like to wander off into the wilderness seeking a high that is more than what Mother Nature can supply. It is not unreasonable to have to deal with drugs and/or a drug overdose situation as part of a mountain or wilderness rescue.
It has been recently reported in the press that the use of heroin is on the rise, and one of its competitors, Krokodil, is also. Krokodil is a very dirty street drug, and it is now here in our towns.
There are those that say all the press this street drug is getting is just a lot of hype. Hype or not, the fact is that according to DAWN, the Drug Abuse Warning Network, 35% of all ER visits relate to or are a result of the use of opiates. We do not want to be victims of “hype,” but we have to be aware that it is out there, and we have to know how to recognize and deal with it.
KROKODIL – CROCODILE – DESOMORPHINE
“The Zombie Drug” the “Flesh Eating Drug,” both well earned nicknames.