…The street name of the drug is Krokodil, named so for its nearly immediate effect on the skin, which takes on a grey, scaly appearance. Its active component is desomorphine, a chemical that can easily be derived from codeine.
Reduction in the amount of heroin available in Russia has driven the street price up to the point where many who are addicted are no longer able to afford the drug…. Since codeine is so cheap and readily available, many have turned to cooking Krokodil on their own.
It is more debilitating than heroin, however, and the consequences of using the drug make it truly terrifying. Much like crystal meth, the cook at home formula calls for some pretty hazardous chemicals to be used. Ingredients like gasoline and hydrochloric acid make the finished product extremely toxic.
It is then injected into the vein where it damages the body considerably. This terrifying drug rots the skin of the user, causing a new epidemic among heroin addicts in Russia. Gangrene sets into limbs, the skin blackens then falls away, leaving exposed bone. As the pictures demonstrate, this is a terrible fate and a testament to how very ill drug addiction can make a person become.
Brain damage is also swift and drastic. A documentary on the drug interviewed two young men who had been using krokodil for a year and were so disabled by the damage done to their brains that they relied on their mother for care and could barely communicate. They were described as “krokodil zombies”…
…The vicious cycle of the short high and severe withdrawal means that addiction to krokodil is even more consuming than addiction to heroin. Because of the extreme toxicity of the components used to make the drug and the rapid cycle of use, life expectancy of those addicted to it is shortened to a staggering one to three years. In Russia, it is a drug epidemic worse than heroin, terrifying in its ability to rot the user from within and deadly in a way that no other drug has paralleled.
So… guess what terrifying new street drug just showed up in the US for the first time?
How terrifying? If the descriptions in the article above aren’t gruesome enough for you, click-through to see the article’s graphic images — or try Googling for “krokodil” images, if you dare.
People: please PLEASE don’t do drugs.
The first way of working with patience is just when pain arises thinking of it as ‘This is what it feels like to attain enlightenment,’ somehow trying to change the way you look at it. ‘This is a moment where I can make things worse or I actually can awaken.’
"Each time we did it I was afraid of missing the swell, hanging back, timing it wrong…
You had to feel the swell change. You had to go with the change…
No eye is on the sparrow…”
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking