According to CBS 5 Arizona, these are the first two cases reported in America.
Though the drug has run rampant across Russia, desomorphine is actually a drug that orginated in the U.S.
It was synthesized in America in the early 1930s as a hopefully less addictive alternative to morphine. We ended up making a more addictive alternative.
Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner's Poison Control Center, is worried about it spreading. "Where there is smoke there is fire, and we're afraid there are going to be more and more cases," he said.