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A woman in the UK has become the first named drug user in Britain who has become ill for what has been called "the world's deadly drug".
Emma Davies, 41, is said to have suffered "terrible" open wounds after using crocodile, a carcass class A substance 10 times stronger than heroin.
Crocodile first emerged in eastern Russia in the early 2000s. It is an illegally injectable drug that is easily baked in home cooking from code-containing medicine, iodine, phosphorus, paint thinner and lighter fuel.
Its active ingredient is intended to be desomorphine, a synthetic opiate, but most homemade crocodiles are unclean. The impurities are what produce the horrible damage that is characteristic of crocodile use, which involves serious damage to skin and veins leading to wounds and the gangrene – resembling crocodile weights, giving the fabric its street name.
Davies could not attend the Cheltenham Magistrates Court last August because she had taken crocodile and was treated at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Daily Mail reported.
She failed to attend court because "a rather unpleasant blood infection caused large wounds on her arms," the court heard.
This week, Davies appeared in court and admitted theft.
Barrister Clare Buckley told the court that the defendant had serious health problems using various class A drugs.
Buckley said Davies had two heart attacks last year, as well as a stroke, hepatitis C and deep vein thrombosis. She also has thighs, an enlarged spleen and recently recovered from methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
"She wants to move on with her life. She wants a script [a prescription for rehabilitation], Buckley said.
"She is aware if she continues the way she goes, she will face an early death, which would be very sad."
Crocodile originated in Russia, where it is known as "cannibal drug", and can now be in Britain, after lethal matter caused chaos in Colombia, Russia and Ukraine.
Davies was in court after she and another woman, Marsha Woodwart, were caught shoplifting more than $ 1,700 items from three Gloucester stores.
Buckley said Woodwart had been "bullying" Davies to commit the crimes.
"Miss Davies was going to swap drugs and food," she said.
"This was the first occasion she felt remorse for her actions when she was to start a drug rehabilitation program the next day."