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Krokodil, the Designer Drug Turning Junkies into Corpses

By Edited Dec 19, 2015 8 18

A new designer drug, Krokodil or crocodile, is sweeping the streets of Russia quicker and quicker. Not only is it catching on in drug crowds, but it's killing them off. krokodil is referred to a morphines' 'dirty cousin' and is favored because it's cheap ingredients and simple cooking process.

Why Russia? Russia houses the most heroin addicts than any other country by far. The estimate is that there are over two million frequent heroin users in Russia. They are getting their heroin from the largest distributor in the world, Afghanistan, their nearby neighbor.

Heroin however costs about 20 to 60 dollars a dose. Most heroin addicts live short lives filled with crime, prison and an early death usually caused by HIV or Hepatitis C contraction. Much like how methamphetamine came into the world, so did krokodil, it was born out of necessity.

Krokodil is a desomorphine, a synthetic opiate that is many times more powerful than heroin, and many more times deadly. Krokodil is made from codeine based headache pills and iodine, as well as several other cheap household ingredients.

Krokodil gets it's name primarily from one of the many horrible side effects it wreaks on the body. If you have inferred from the name that the users' skin gets scales, yo guessed right. Not the green scales of the reptile it's named after, but sickly grey scales. Krokodil users can also be identified before they are even seen. The smell of iodine infuses with their clothes and their homes. Apartments of krokodil users are hardly ever usable after their residents leave because the iodine smell never goes away.

Among the scales and the smell, Krokodil users get rotting abscesses all over their body, if they miss the vein they gain an immediate abscess. After awhile, their grey skin begins to peel away from the body. Users of Krokodil literally rot to death for their high. The average Krokodil users only lives for two to three years. If your interest is peaked at what a krokodil user looks like, google it, the pictures are too graphic to even post. It's no exaggeration that the users skin literally peels off.

In Russia, about 30,000 people die from heroin use each year. However, Viktor Ivanov, head of Russia's drug control agency says that almost half of Russias' heroin users are using krokodil now because of the cheap price and the powerful high. Russia has began to control the distribution of headache pills as there has been a dramatic rise in purchases. It's unlikely that the Russian population has merely experienced a rise in headaches either.

The Krokodil drug is only about four years old and primarily found in Russia, but the popularity of it is on a huge spiking rise, it won't be long before it spread globally. The world can only hope that those prone to addiction are willing to say no to a good high when the price is having your flesh rot off. Though with Meth having similar effects and still having a large user base, it is unlikely they will be able to resist this deadly drug.



Oct 22, 2012 12:10am
Your article scares me. However, I give it a 'thumbs up'.
Oct 22, 2012 12:19am
Yeah, me too. Worse are the picture. I'm pretty sure putting pictures would violated Infobarrels' TOS.
Oct 22, 2012 12:53am
Great informative article! Thanks and well done on the feature! Scary stuff...
Oct 22, 2012 12:58pm
Wow. That's the worst thing I've seen in a long time.
Oct 23, 2012 11:30pm
The dignity of man is in living a healthy life.But the greed for money is flooding the market with drugs.These drugs are negative pointers to,"kill me quick."
Oct 24, 2012 2:00am
Shocking stuff..
Oct 24, 2012 3:57am
I had no idea. Pretty scary and shocking facts.

Thanks for sharing!
Oct 24, 2012 3:58am
I had no idea. Pretty scary and shocking facts.

Thanks for sharing!
Oct 24, 2012 1:53pm
Designewr drugs just keep coming -- this is a new one on me. Good piece, thumb and a +1.
Oct 26, 2012 12:07pm
WOW! I googled it and man the images are nasty. Let's keep it in Russia. We need to get these pictures out there so that people see what happens. Meth doesn't do THAT to your skin, it's effects are slowed and not as disturbing. Rotting grey skin. YUCK!!!
Nov 7, 2012 4:03am
Ok, so I guess I must be the only reader inflamed enough to say GOOD! The quicker something sends them on their way the quicker we get rid of the rotters that destroy communities.
Nov 7, 2012 7:02am
I generally agree with your sentiment, but I hate the crime that goes along with this crap (drive-by shootings, robberies, assaults, etc.) I personally don't care if some waste-oid does himself in, just leave the rest of us out of the line of fire!
Nov 7, 2012 7:16am
That exactly what riles me about it all. x
Mar 7, 2013 10:57am
You have to wonder, why do humans keep trying to find new ways to become intoxicated? Is the high really worth it?

And what poor life choices does a person have to make to reach the point of injecting themselves with powerful opiates on a daily basis? Where does it all go wrong? I'm sure that Russia isn't the most pleasant of places to live, but I thought that is why they drink Vodka.
May 1, 2013 9:20pm
I work with herion addicts every day in the US. I hope this NEVER catches on here!
May 19, 2013 6:06pm
I watched a youtube video about krokodil, it's a really disturbing drug
Sep 13, 2013 11:41am
Mary Jane Is way better for you than any drugs that has been created by man.
Feb 18, 2014 3:58pm
This is the first time hearing about this horrible drug - I sure hope the spread of it can be stopped. It's so sad that people destroy themselves rather than seek help.
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