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Community meeting addresses growing concern of `Krokodil` drug

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Community members have come together to address a growing problem with a drug that literally eats its way through the user. The flesh-eating drug called Krokodil is a new trend among young adults in the suburbs.

On Wednesday, McHenry County residents attended a meeting to address growing concerns.

Michelle Djus says she was hooked from the first time she tried heroin. She's now just hearing about the knock-off heroin drug.

"It's terrifying," Djus says. "I know that heroin is equally as addictive but it doesn't make your skin or your flesh fall off your bones, so that's just another thing to be terrified of.

The 32-year-old has been sober for one year now. She told her story at a community meeting trying to fight the growing heroin problem in McHenry County.

"I was lucky to make out of my addiction without losing limbs or chunks of flesh," says Djus.

Dr. Joseph Keenan is an ER physician with Centegra Health System. Doctors there believe they are treating a patient who injected Krokodil because the person developed large skin lesions.

"When it's injected it can cause destruction of the tissue around or in the vein and subsequent infections," Dr. Kennan explains.

Krokodil is made up of codeine tablets mixed with chemicals like gasoline, and paint thinner. It can cause limbs to fall off and skin to turn a scaly green.

"The biggest concern is for our children," says Sheriff Andrew Zink. "For someone to be either selling it as a look-alike or selling it as real heroin and it's not, and for somebody to use it, it's instantly going to start hurting and killing people."

"Just because you're a heroin addict doesn't mean you have to die a heroin addict," adds Djus. "There's definitely a way out."

Authorities are trying to find out where the drug is coming from. They are not yet sure if this is becoming a growing problem, but people in the area say one potential case is enough to get involved.

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