Medical journal pulls article on flesh eating heroin based on St. Louis man

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The American Journal of Medicine has pulled their article on a drug called, Krokodil. The homemade form of heroin is made with codeine, gasoline, paint thinners and other chemicals.  Doctors say the drug turns skin into a green and scaly texture when injected.

A spokeswoman for St. Mary’s told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the article was pulled over “patient privacy concerns” following conversations between the doctors and the journal’s editors.

FOX 2 did an investigation on a man suffering from Krokodil injection in November.  St. Mary’s Doctor Dany Thekkemuriyil and Doctor Unnikrishnan Pillai  said they wanted to alert the public on their research on Krokodil. In February, the duo submitted an article to the highly regarded American Journal of Medicine saying that Krokodil was a menace to society.

Their initial research was based on a 30-year-old man seeking treatment at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights.  Read our report on that case here:  Missouri man is first published case of flesh eating heroin in US.

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