A 41-YEAR-old woman has become the first in Britain to be “eaten alive” after taking Krokodil – dubbed the world’s deadliest drug.
Emma Davies has been named as the first drug user in the UK to have fallen ill after using the narcotic ten times stronger than heroin.
Emma Davies has been named as the UK’s first to fall ill after taking Krokodil[/caption]
She suffered “horrific” open sores after using the drug which can cause flesh to rot away.
She fell so ill she couldn’t attend court last August because she had “a rather unpleasant blood infection caused large ulcers on her arms”.
The addict, from Tredworth, Glos., was finally well enough to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday and admit theft.
Her barrister Clare Buckley said after years of abuse she had two heart attacks last year, as well as a stroke, Hepatitis C and deep vein thrombosis.
She also has scarred lungs, an enlarged spleen and recently recovered from MRSA.
The barrister told the court yesterday: “She wants to move forward with her life. She wants a script [a prescription for rehabilitation].
“She is aware if she continues the way she is going she will meet an early demise, which would be very sad.”
Krokodil originated in Russia, where it is known as the “cannibal drug”, and has caused havoc in Colombia, Russia and Ukraine.
What is Krokodil?
The drug – chemical name desomorphine – has been branded “the world’s deadliest drug” after it first appeared in Russia.
Krokodil — Russian for crocodile — turns the skin green and scaly around the area where it’s injected as blood vessels burst and the skin rots away.
Experts say it can cause large amounts of flesh to rot away with just one small injection.
The dangerous substance – which can be homemade from a deadly concoction of household products – costs just a few pounds and creates a high similar to that of heroin.
It is highly addictive and can be ‘cooked’ using solvents like paint thinner, iodine, hydrochloric acid, and red phosphorus from matches.
Those injecting the caustic drug can develop skin ulcerations, infections and gangrene, and grey, scaly skin which looks like crocodile scales, giving the drug its street name.
Davies was in court after she and another woman, Marsha Woodwart, were caught shoplifting more than £900 of goods from three Gloucester stores.
Mrs Buckley said Woodwart had been “bullying” Davies and forcing her to hand over her benefits.
Woodwart stole the majority of the items and continued even after Davies told her to “slow down”, the barrister added.
“Miss Davies was going to swap the items for drugs and food,” she said.
“This was the first occasion she felt remorse for her actions as she was due to start a drug rehab programme the next day.”
Mrs Buckley said the defendant was living with other drug users in unsuitable accommodation at the time of the offence.
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She added that Davies has since moved into a new home with “a man of good character”.
Presiding justice Peter Liver handed Davies a 12month community order including 30 rehab days. She was ordered to pay £220.
Woodwart was put on a six-month rehab programme and given a fine at an earlier previous court date.
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