Is the hype over krokodil 'zombie drug' itself harmful?

Users of intravenous drugs can develop infections around the injection site that could be mistaken for symptoms associated with krokodil. (Reuters)


Scaly skin, rotting flesh, blood poisoning -- we've been warned that these horrific symptoms are on their way to North America, courtesy of the street drug krokodil. But is there any proof?

Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Chief Medical Officer of Phoenix House, says that despite warnings of a looming "zombie apocalypse," there's no evidence that the drug has hit the streets on this side of the ocean. Furthermore, he says, the way it's being talked about is causing harm.

While we all worry about a drug that may not be present, Dr. Kolodny says there are far bigger drug problems in North America being overlooked. He also discusses how the language being used by media is stigmatizing addicts.

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