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First named UK user of deadliest drug in the world

Hospitalised: Emma Davies took opioid krokodil PICTURE: SWNS

KROKODIL, dubbed the world’s deadliest drug, is being sold in Britain, a court case involving the country’s first named user heard.

Emma Davies, 41, is said to have suffered ‘horrific’ open sores after taking the synthetic opioid, which is ten times stronger than heroin.

Users can develop grey, scaly skin that looks like crocodile scales, giving the drug, desomorphine, its street name. In Russia, where it originated, it is called the ‘cannibal drug’.

Davies, who admitted stealing £900 worth of goods from three shops in Gloucester, missed an earlier hearing after the drug put her in hospital.

Her lawyer Clare Buckley told magistrates in Cheltenham that the long-time drug user had two heart attacks last year, a stroke, deep vein thrombosis and Hepatitis C. She also has scarred lungs, an enlarged spleen and suffered MRSA.

‘She is aware if she continues the way she is going she will meet an early demise,’ she said.

Davies, of Tredworth, Gloucestershire, was given a 12-month community order and told to pay £220.