Russia's Prevailing Opioid
Why use Heroine, when you could make Krockodil for cheaper..
The Zombie Drug, Drug Cannibal, Heroine of the Poor, & Krockodil
-eats human flesh
Why Called Krockodil?
Heroin vs Krockodil
Appeared in Siberia, Russia in 2002.
Krockodil has nearly replaced opiates as the drug of choice.
Estimated that somewhere between a few hundred thousand and a million people are injecting this drug.
-High potency and short duration of effect
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.
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
- Blood poisoning
- 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
Athletics -little to no energy
Sexual Behavior -interfere with an addict's libido or ability to function properly