Police detailed the situation of the teen from Puerto Vallarta: "The young woman who used this drug had an infection that had rotted her genitals. It wasn't sexually transmitted. She said she'd been using krokodil for the last two months"
The drug that originates in Russia was created due to a scarcity of other powerful drugs and because of how easy it was to procure codeine from Pharmacies. The pandemic it generated peaked in 2011. Although there have been numerous reports of its flesh-eating properties there have been no krokodil death related cases in USA since 2004. Still, a serious concern still exists as people continue to use the drug. Many of its users believe that the rotting flesh and scaly sores are not caused by the drug itself but by the use of dirty needles.