A new homemade drug called desomorphine is so dangerous that it not only addicts the user almost immediately, it also rots flesh down to the bone. A few cases related to the drug have appeared in Arizona, so local authorities are afraid of a desomorphine epidemic, but the drug has already done major damage in Russia, where it goes by the name Krokodil (crocodile). It’s called that because of its effects on the skin, which turns grey and scaly.
Effects of the drug Krokodile
Heroin addiction in Russia is a big problem, so the government has cracked down on it, which has the effect of raising the street price. Since heroin is becoming unaffordable now, users are switching to Krokodil, which is easier to make at home. Desomorphine, the active component, can be synthesized from codeine, which is cheap and easy to get in Russia. Other toxic chemicals are also used to make the drug – gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol, even hydrochloric acid.
The drug is injected into the veins and leads to a shorter but more powerful high than heroin or morphine. The effects are almost immediate and terrifying – gangrene sets in, skin rots and falls away, leaving the bone exposed. Addiction to the drug is fast, with only one or two injections required to hook the user. Brain damage also occurs – people hooked on the drug are eventually unable to take care of themselves and get the nickname “krokodil zombies.” Withdrawal is painful, and people using desomorphine have their life expectancy shortened to 1-3 years. Anti-drug activist Yevgeny Roizman has said that for many young Russians, krokodil is their “first and last” drug.
Russian girl addicted to Krokodil.
Stay away from this drug, kids.
Sources: RT, Evgeny Roizman LiveJournal, Las Vegas Guardian Express
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