John Ransom

A designer street drug made in Russia has hit the Chicago area according to a drug rehab doctor in Joliet, Illinois. The doctor has said that he’s seen as many as three patients who are suffering extreme effects of the drug.

Those effects include scaly lesions, rotting flesh, gangrene and, eventually, death.

Some reckon the life expectancy of chronic users at two years.

Made by combining codeine with gasoline and other toxics, Krokidil (Russian for crocodile) is many times more potent than morphine and three times more potent than heroin, with withdrawal symptoms beginning shortly after the one and a half to two-hour high wears off.

The flesh-eating crocodile is here, a local doctor said,” writes the Chicago Sun Times. “Three patients have been treated this week at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center for using a synthetic opiate that doctors say rots the skin from the inside out.”

And the cost for such drug induced delights? Eight dollars a high.

Yet the DEA- and liberals- remains skeptical that a drug made with readily available ingredients, like codeine, butane, gasoline and other wonders of the petro-chemical industry-- and that’s cheap to make to boot-- has arrived in the U.S.

“’We, the DEA, are not seeing cases of it,’ agency spokeswoman Dawn Dearden told ‘Nothing’s been turned into any of our labs. As far as the DEA is concerned, we have not seen any cases.’ The agency is not actively investigating the latest report or ones that surfaced late last month in Arizona, Dearden said.”

The Feds know nothing, see nothing. You almost can feel Dearden stick her fingers in her ear, while a colleague reaches around to cover her eyes.

This is the same government to which Russia ratted out the Tsarnaev brothers. They investigated and then… saw nothing, knew nothing-- even as the brothers manufactured pressure cooker bombs to use at the Boston Marathon.

This is the same government that seems to know nothing about healthcare, budgets, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, green energy, voter suppression in Philadelphia, IRS abuses, basic website design, or which hand goes over the heart when singing the national anthem, the words to which, they forget.

“Oh, say can you see…la, la, la, la, la, la?”

No, no they can’t see.

Or maybe it’s just that they don’t want to see.

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance, host of Ransom Notes Radio and you can catch more of the best money advice and monetary commentary by him daily 10am PT, 1pm ET at or on Comcast Cable


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