The Severe Harms Caused by Krakodil

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Dangerous Drugs | 0 comments

The homemade injectable drug, called Krokodil in Russia, is actually a Desomorphine produced from red phosphorus (from strike pads of matchboxes), lighter fluid, hydrochloric acid, paint thinner, gasoline, iodine and codeine. Though easy to produce (through cooking of all named ingredients), this drug is contaminated with many different poisonous and corrosive byproducts, making it highly impure.

Derived from morphine, Desomorphine or Dihydrodesoxymorphine, was invented in the US in 1932; compared to morphine, however, this drug is proven to be more powerful and dangerous. In Russia, Krokodil was introduced only in 2002; it immediately gained popularity due to its swifter destruction of the user’s body, mind and spirit.

Since the liquid (by-product of cooked ingredients) is immediately injected into the body without being purified first, the drug’s effects have included phlebitis or injury to the veins, severe tissue damage and gangrene.

Krokodil actually got its name from the crocodile-like skin the user develops after taking it. If injected into flesh, though, when the vein is missed during injection, it can cause abscess. Amputation has been the solution to save some users from gangrene; in others, however, body parts affected by the drug just rot off, leaving the person’s bones bare.

Those who plan on using krokodil should know that the effects of withdrawing from the drug are much worse than withdrawing from heroin. Unbearable pain can last for a month. Doctors agree that krakodil causes the strongest level of addiction and, among many kinds of drugs, is the hardest to cure.

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