KSDK - A powerful heroin-like drug that rots flesh and bone has made an appearance in Illinois, authorities say.
Known on the street as "krokodil," the caustic homemade opiate is made from over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol. When it's injected, it destroys a user's tissue, turning their skin a scaly green akin to a crocodiles. Festering sores, abscesses and blood poisoning are common.
Doctors in suburban Chicago report treating at least five cases this month - including one case where a woman lost part of her legs.
The drug made its first reported appearance in the United States back in September.