Curse of the Krokodil – Russian Homemade Heroin that Eats Junkies
There’s a super bleak story in The Independent about a home-made heroin substitute that’s becoming popular in Russia. The problem is that “Krokodil” is so detrimental to the human body that it practically eats right through it.
Dubbed ‘the drug that eats junkies,’ Krokodil is a street version of desomorphine, an opiate that’s 3 times more powerful and 10 times cheaper than heroin. It’s named so because regular users develop gangrenous, scaly skin resembling that of a crocodile… it rots from the inside, causing such severe damage to tissue that users suffer from gangrenous sores which open all the way to the bone (as seen bellow).
The condition can lead to limbs being amputated, but life expectancy for addicts is at the most two to three years, with the majority dying within a year.
Extraordinarily, around 1.2 million Russians are believed to have been ravaged by the narcotic, which can be easily produced for a fraction of the price of smack. At just $6 (£4) per injection it is a much cheaper alternative to heroin, especially in Russia where the painkillers are available without prescription.
Even hardcore methfreaks are better off than Krokodil addicts. Withdrawal from the drug can take an agonizing month (Heroin detox lasts a week to ten days, a relative walk in the park).
Kids… Stick to stuff that grows out of the ground, please!
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