Skin-rotting drug 'Krokodil' pops up in Will County

October 9, 2013 (JOLIET, Ill.)

The heroin- like drug rots the skin from the inside out similar to flesh-eating bacteria.

Three patients have been treated this week at Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

The name comes from the scaly green appearance of a user's skin.

"The average life expectancy of someone using crocodile is less than two years," said Dr. Abhin Singla, St. Joseph Medical Center.

Doctors say the drug is 3 times more potent than heroin and costs just $8 a dose.

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