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"Krokodil" drug surfacing in Illinois

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A dangerous new drug that started in Russia has now made its way to Illinois, becoming popular with addicts in the Joliet area.

It's called "Krokodil" -- named after the effects it has on a person's skin. The drug destroys tissue from the inside out, making skin appear scaly and green.

"Something like this, being new, can be even worse because it's something new to us as well," said Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer.  

The drug has similar effects to heroin, but it's made from some of the same properties as meth, like gasoline and paint thinner.

"With the way things are, there always seems to be something new popping up," Fischer said. "So, keeping track of that new thing that's popping up, hopefully we can get to it if it does show before it's too late but if not, at least be educated and know how to address that if it does come in this area."

The drug can either be injected or taken orally but, officials say those addicted to Krokodil only live two to three years after they start injecting the drug.

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