- Antonella Sorrentino,
- Silvia Trotta,
- Anna Pia Colucci,
- Lucia Aventaggiato,
- Andrea Marzullo,
- Biagio Solarino
Forensic Sci Med Pathol 2018 Mar 19. Epub 2018 Mar 19.
Department of Interdisciplinary Medicine, Section of Legal Medicine, Policlinico di Bari Hospital, University of Bari, Bari, Italy.
"Krokodil" is a home-made opioid drug obtained by synthesizing desomorphine from codeine and combining it with other low-cost additives. Initially introduced in the former Soviet countries, it was then imported to Western Europe as a heroin substitute. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an Italian case of lethal krokodil abuse, that occurred in a 39-year-old man, who died suddenly after transportation to the Emergency Department (ED) for hyperthermia associated with sweating, dyspnoea and tachycardia. Read More