What exactly is the drug?
Krokodil is made by acquiring codeine and cooking it with paint thinner, gasoline, hydrochloric acid and other highly toxic ingredients.
How is the drug taken into the body?
The liquid takes a half-hour to make and is then injected into a vein. The high last 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Krokodil is actually the street name for Desomorphine.
Effects of using this drug
The drug gets its name from the fact that it causes an addict's skin to become green, scaly and bumpy like a crocodile's. If the drug misses a vein and gets injected into the flesh, the flesh of that body part will completely rot off. Using this drug can also lead to
- damaged blood vessels
- limb amputations
- rotting gums
- loss of teeth
- memory loss
- liver damage
- kidney damage
Doctor's say that this is the strongest level of addiction and the hardest to cure. If a person does manage to get clean, they may have permanent damage like a speech impediment, vacant gaze, and erratic movements.
Dependence or Addiction
Krokodil addiction is physical and psychological because it sets a new standard for fast destruction of mind, spirit, and body.