Two women who say they are the first treated for symptoms associated with the ghastly drug “crocodile” revealed their stories.
Most of the rose tattooed on Amber Neitzel’s left calf has rotted off, but she knows the damage could have been much worse for her if she hadn’t been treated for the flesh-eating drug she said caused the gaping, rank wounds on her body.
“I was doing this drug for a year and a half and didn’t even know it,” said Neitzel, who along with her sister, Angie Neitzel, say they were the first to be treated for the horror-movie drug “crocodile” at Joliet’s Presence St. Joseph Medical Center.
Amber Neitzel, 26, said she has been doing heroin for 10 years. She, her 29-year-old sister and their mother, Kim Neitzel, 48, another heroin user, said they went public to alert others to the dangers of crocodile.
“If you don’t got sores on the outside of your body, it don’t mean it don’t got a hold of you,” Kim Neitzel warned. “It’s going after your organs.”
Crocodile is a heroin substitute concocted by combining codeine tablets and gasoline, paint thinner, lighter fluid or other substances. It ravages the skin of users, according to a press release from St. Joseph’s.
The drug “destroys a user’s flesh and leaves gangrene and large abscesses all over a user’s body,” the release stated.
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