Russia's Prevailing Opioid

Why use Heroine, when you could make Krockodil for cheaper..

Desomorphine

Other names:

The Zombie Drug, Drug Cannibal, Heroine of the Poor, & Krockodil

-eats human flesh

Why Called Krockodil?

Krokodil gets its name from the fact that the caustic drug causes an addict’s skin to become green, scaly and bumpy like a crocodile’s. If the drug misses a vein and is injected into flesh, that flesh will develop abscesses. It is common for addicts to develop gangrene and require amputations. The flesh on some body parts affected by krokodil injections will rot off completely, leaving bare bone.
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Heroin vs Krockodil

When a heroin addict can no longer afford that drug, he can make up krokodil which has a stronger kick and costs about a tenth the price. But while the life expectancy of a heroin addict is four to seven years, the life expectancy of a krokodil addict is just a year or two.
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Interesting Facts:

In 1930 this drug was used in the U.S. as a painkiller. It was known as dihidrodesoximorfina, but was discontinued due to its highly addictive effects.


Appeared in Siberia, Russia in 2002.


Krockodil has nearly replaced opiates as the drug of choice.

Usage

Made at home by acquiring codeine, sold over the counter for headaches, and cooking it with paint thinner, gasoline, hydrochloric acid, iodine and the red phosphorous from matchbox strike pads. The resulting liquid is injected into a vein.


Estimated that somewhere between a few hundred thousand and a million people are injecting this drug.

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Expected Duration....

High from this drug lasts 90 minutes to two hours, and it takes about a half-hour to make the drug.


-High potency and short duration of effect

Addiction

Withdrawal is much worse than heroin. Heroin can cause sickness and pain for up to ten days but withdrawal from krokodil can result in a month of unbearable pain. Extremely strong tranquilizers are used during withdrawal so the addict does not pass out from the pain. Doctors dealing with addicts say that this is the strongest level of addiction and the hardest to cure.

Legality

-Seized when found or reported.


Users in America may unknowingly buy krokodil off the streets under the assumption they are buying heroin. ($8 per hit)


In the U.S., codeine is a controlled substance and either requires a prescription or may be available over-the-counter from the pharmacist (as with some cough syrups) with restrictions in some states.

Chilling Russian Krokodil Cookhouse Video

Health Hazards

Reported health hazards due to krokodil injection use:

  • Blood vessel damage
  • Open ulcers, gangrene, phlebitis
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Skin grafts/surgery
  • Limb amputations
  • Pneumonia
  • Blood poisoning
  • Meningitis
  • Rotting gums/tooth loss
  • Blood-borne virus transmission (HIV/HCV due to needle sharing)
  • Bone infections (osteomyelitis)
  • Speech and motor skills impairment
  • Memory loss and impaired concentration
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Overdose

Effects

Increased risk for exhaustion due to sleep deprivation, memory loss, and problems with speech.


Athletics -little to no energy

Sexual Behavior -interfere with an addict's libido or ability to function properly

Jenica Edwards

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