What is Krokodil, the Zombie Drug?
Aka Russian Magic, Cheornaya, Himiya
Desomorphine, known by the name of Krokodil or “Crocodile”, is a blend of opiates and caustic household chemicals. It is profoundly addictive, with a similar impact as heroin and many other opiates. But because this illicit drug is home-made we aren’t quite sure what else it may contain to the fullest extent.
Krokodil has been reported to be 8-10 times more potent than morphine and lasts about less than 2 hours. According to the reports, if you remove all the chemicals, the desomorphine is very similar to heroin.
The home-made version of Krokodil is made of codeine and added organic solvents such as gasoline, paint thinner, lighter fluid, hydrochloric acid and red phosphorous. These chemicals are never fully cooked and cannot be properly processed in the human body. Can you imagine what happens the second this horrifying mixture is infused into the blood stream?? Around the injection site, alarming skin infections, skin ulcerations, and gangrenous, green and dark tissue appears. These lesions and growths resemble the skin of a crocodile, hence its name. The gangrene can lead to the loss of skin, tissue and even limbs.
Solvents such as gasoline, paint thinner, lighter fluid, hydrochloric acid and red phosphorous are added into the mix.
Where is Krokodil from?
The substance originates from Russia which is the place it was made back in 2002.
According to Independent “Russia has more heroin users than any other country in the world – up to two million, according to unofficial estimates. For most, their lot is a life of crime, stints in prison, probable contraction of HIV and hepatitis C, and an early death. As efforts to stem the flow of Afghan heroin into Russia bring some limited success, and the street price of the drug goes up, for those addicts who can’t afford their next hit, an even more terrifying specter has raised its head.”
The withdrawal of this drug is much worse than heroin or any other drug. The time period of withdrawing from this substance may take up to a month while encountering intense physical and mental pain. If an individual does manage to pull through detox, they will be left with permanent damage such as speech impediment, empty gaze and physical damage.