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Doctors in Illinois Suburb Put Number of Krokodil Cases at Five

Doctors in the Chicago suburb of Joliet say the number of people hospitalized with symptoms that suggest addiction to the flesh-eating drug krokodil has risen to five, CNN reports. Similar cases have been reported by health care providers in Arizona and Oklahoma.

Police in Florida City Make Millions in Cocaine Sting Operations

Law enforcement officers in a city outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida have been conducting “reverse sting” operations to lure potential cocaine buyers, and funneling the proceeds into the police department budget, ABC News reports.

DEA Says It Is Not Seeing Cases of Krokodil

The Drug Enforcement Administration says it has not seen evidence of the flesh-eating drug krokodil surfacing in the United States, despite reports in Arizona and Illinois of people using the drug.

Tennessee Report: Number of Babies Born Dependent on Drugs is Higher Than Ever

The number of babies born dependent on drugs their mothers took during pregnancy is predicted to exceed 800 in Tennessee this year, more than even before, according to a new report.

States Try Variety of Tactics to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

States are trying a variety of strategies to fight prescription drug abuse, from tightening regulations on pain management clinics to increasing access to prescription monitoring program databases, USA Today reports.

More People Using E-Cigarettes to Smoke Marijuana

A growing number of people are smoking marijuana out of e-cigarettes, NBC New York reports.

Marijuana Legalization Advocates Seeking Signatures of Voters in Four States

Marijuana legalization advocates are seeking signatures of registered voters in California, Arizona, Oregon and Alaska, Bloomberg reports. The advocates are hoping to put legalization measures on the ballot in those states in 2014.

Fatal Overdoses From Heroin on the Rise in Maryland and Virginia

Deaths due to heroin increased in Maryland and Virginia between 2011 and 2012, according to NBC Washington. Health officials in those states also report an increase in the use of LSD and methadone, including among high school students.

“Krokodil” Flesh-Eating Drug Makes Appearance in Chicago Suburbs

Doctors at a suburban Chicago hospital report they are treating three people who used a caustic, homemade heroin-like drug called “krokodil” that can rot flesh and bone, CBS Chicago reports. Last month, Arizona health officials reported two cases of people who used the drug.

“Crazy Clown” and Three Other Synthetic Drugs Outlawed in Florida

Four new synthetic drugs, including one called “Crazy Clown,” were outlawed in Florida this week under an emergency rule filed by state Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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