It’s being called “The Drug That Eats Junkies” by the media. It’s street name is Krokodil, because of the effect it has on the flesh of the user. It’s pharmaceutical name is Desomorphine. And it’s killing almost every person that tries it even once.
A derivative of Morphine, it was first created in 1932 in the United States as a possible Morphine substitute. Scientists were looking for new drugs that would have strong analgesic effects but be less addictive than Morphine. Desomorphine and Methadone seemed to be the most promising, but it was soon discovered that Desomorphine was extremely addictive, so it never became a widely used painkiller.
In recent years drug enforcement programs in Europe have become much more effective and have made it increasingly difficult to obtain Heroin. Heroin users in Europe have been turning to Krokodil in alarming numbers to satisfy their addictions. And there are now reports of Krokodil addiction here in the U.S.
Krokodil is made at home with Codeine, which is legal to buy over the counter in Europe and easily obtained on the streets here in the United States, and a number of cheap household chemicals. Because of it’s short lived effects and length of time it takes to make the drug, and the severe addiction that results, Krokodil addicts spend all of their time cooking the drug and using.
Krokodil is so addictive that most people never recover. Reports of people continuing to shoot up until their flesh has completely rotted off of parts of the bodies, until they can no longer even move, until death, are not uncommon. The average Krokodil addict lives only 1-2 years due to the severe deterioration of flesh and internal organs, including the brain.
There is a lot to say about this killer “Designer Drug,” but I’ll just let some photos do the talking.
Need more evidence of how awful this drug is? Youtube Krokodil and start watching videos. But be warned in advance…I do not recommend doing this.