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Killer Krokodil Hits the U.S.

“ …painkillers, iodine, lighter fluid, industrial cleaning oil, and an array of vials, syringes, and cooking implements. Half an hour later, after much boiling, distilling, mixing and shaking, what remains is a caramel-coloured gunge held in the end of a syringe, and the acrid smell of burnt iodine in the air. Sasha fixes a dirty needle to the syringe and looks for a vein in his bruised forearm.”

This deadly drug, used by heroin addicts in Russia for the last few years, is now rearing its ugly head in America.

In Russia, a hit of heroin costs $30 to $90. A far cry from $3 – the cost per hit of making your own Krokodil. Codeine pills from the pharmacy, over the counter, and an array of household toxins like lighter fluid. Going into veins. In the U.S., heroin is generally cheaper than in Russia, but it is still far more expensive than Krokodil.

Krokodil users have a life expectancy of about 2 years. Many will die sooner, and a few may even make it up to a year longer.

Krokodil – Russian for crocodile – got its name from the green, scaly spots you develop from using the drug. Those spots are actually rotting skin and flesh which, if the person lives long enough, will eventually show bone, and gangrene. It rots the body from the inside out. The way this looks (see inserted picture, and this picture is far from the worst – I was trying to take it easy on you) may be enough to keep non-addicts from trying this drug. But for heroin addicts who can’t afford heroin it’s another story.

Also, there are some people who are just addicted to drugs – period. They’ll basically take anything. They may prefer one drug or another but will take whatever they can get their hands on. This is another likely category of those who will try Krokodil.

Krokodil is highly addictive, and is probably the worst thing to try to stop taking. The pain is excruciating, and lasts for a month. People in Russia trying to give Krokodil users help with their addiction have given several doses of tranquilizers every day to try to get the person through it.

If the person is lucky enough to make it out alive, there’s a good chance they will be permanently damaged. Physically and mentally – the drug rots parts of your brain as well.

The mere existence of things like Krokodil is enough reason to keep people away from drugs and to get those already using them the addiction help they need.

They may not be in a position where they would take Krokodil, but in every case so far found in the U.S., the people who died or wound up in the E.R. thought they were buying another drug.

Do something about it now. Make your kids aware of it – show they all the info you can find online, including all the gory pictures. This is one drug you definitely do not want your kids to be talked into trying.

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