In the vast pharmacopeia of illegal street drugs, few have as heinous a reputation as desomorphine, popularly known as crocodile or "krokodil." An opiate that's chemically related to morphine and heroin, krokodil earned its name in two ways: Addicts develop dark, scaly lesions on their skin, and the drug tends to eat its victims alive, like a crocodile.
Krokodil first surfaced in Russia several years ago, where users discovered the drug was much cheaper than heroin and could easily be cooked in a kitchen by combining codeine with gasoline, oil, alcohol or paint thinner, Fox News reports.
And now, krokodil has arrived in the United States: Two cases of people addicted to the drug have been reported in Arizona. "As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States," said Dr. Frank LoVecchio, director at Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center in Arizona, as quoted by Fox News. "So we're extremely frightened."
Like other opiates, krokodil is powerfully addictive, and even those users who kick the habit often walk away severely disfigured: severe scarring, bone damage, amputated limbs, speech impediments, poor motor skills and varying degrees of brain damage — for life.....snip~
Deadly Flesh-Eating Drug Arrives in US
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This is not good. We have way to many people all up into Heroin. This stuff is suppose to be stronger than Morphine and Heroin. Its analgesic effect is 10 times greater than that of morphine. They were hoping that it would never reach here. It appears it started in Russia too. We have to get on top of this Right away. We cant have young kids getting this stuff.
One would think even Other Dealers wouldn't want this stuff out there. Thoughts upon the matter?