Krokodil: The terrible effects of this new and dangerous drug

the Crocodile O desomorphine it is a homemade opioid drug that is up to ten times stronger than heroin and often cheaper and toxic.

The effects of this drug are both terrible and irreversible. The name Krokodil comes from the reaction of the drug to the person taking it, the skin will turn green and scaly, like that of a crocodile, among many other side effects.

What is the crocodile?

Krokodil is increasingly used by drug addicts in parts of Europe as a substitute for heroin, especially in poorer parts of Russia and Siberia.

Addiction to this drug is not very durable because regular consumers typically do not live longer than two years ever since they started taking this combination of pain medication and highly toxic chemicals.

Combine toxic chemicals and pain relievers

Desomorphine is made at home from a combination of codeine tablets, paint solvent, lighter fluid, gasoline, hydrochloric acid, red phosphorus (scratching matchboxes) and diode. The result of cooking pain relievers and chemicals is a poisonous and highly addictive drug.

Addicts continually cook the drug to make sure they can get the next dose. The caramel-colored liquid is injected into the damaged and gangrenous areas giving users a “colocón” that will last for a maximum of thirty minutes.


The toxic nature of these chemicals causes the skin to change color and become scaly. In consumers, the skin around the injection sites is covered with ulcers and ruptured blood vessels, resulting in the death of clothing. The skin’s chemicals are eaten up by the chemicals, which cause the meat to rot to the bone. Teeth fall out, brain damage is common, and tetanus and blood poisoning are almost guaranteed.

Reports suggest the use of Krokodil increasing in poor regions, As remote areas of Russia, where heroin is difficult to find. Up to 5% of drug addicts in Russia use Krokodil or other homemade drugs. Krokodil has higher addiction rates and is more difficult to quit than heroin. Users will go through severe and painful withdrawal periods for up to a month after stopping their use, but the long-term effects of the drug will last longer. Brain damage, hepatitis, rotten teeth or amputations are some of the side effects.

A drug expanding in Europe

In Europe, despite the horrible reactions and side effects, its consumption has increased since 2002. This increase is believed to be linked to the success of drug eradication programs, which have reduced the flow of heroin to countries like Russia.

Heroin treatment also lacks public funding in the country, and it should be noted that methadone treatment is illegal in the Soviet country. Seven US states have also reported cases of Krokodil consumption.

A drug that is gaining ground in the old continent and on which the health authorities have already warned the population.

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