Krokodil: Flesh-Eating Drug Hits US

By on September 27, 2013

A flesh-eating narcotic drug from Russia called Krokodil has finally hit the US with two cases reported in Arizona by the Banner Poison Control Center.

Flesh-eating drug Krokodil from Russia

Krokodil is a home cooked, desomorphine-based mixture of codeine and other ingredients such as gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous scraped from the striking pads on matchboxes that is injected directly into the vein. It gets its name from the rough, scaly, alligator-like texture of the user’s skin as the drug almost immediately begins to cause rot from within. Blood vessels burst, the surrounding tissue dies. Gangrene sets in and blackened flesh falls from the bone.

Amputation is the common result, as well as dissipation of porous bone tissue, especially in the jaw.

Another terrifying effect of the drug is swift and severe brain damage, causing addicts to be described as “krokodil zombies.”

Krokodil originated in the former Gulag towns of Siberia in 2002 and quickly spread through the poor population nationwide, where rising heroin prices have made it an affordable alternative. The short-lived high, as well as quick onset of painful withdrawal that can last up to a month, makes the drug extremely addictive.

Flesh-eating drug Krokodil rots from within, causing flesh to fall off the bone

The life expectancy of a krokodil addict is one to three years.

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    August 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    That second picture has to rank as one of the most terrible photos I’ve ever seen…

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    August 11, 2014 at 1:07 am

    people to anything (drugs) because the bad things won’t happen to “them”

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    September 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    So, what is the downside here ?
    I mean hey….shit we have OfuckinBAMAcare to take care of US !!!!!!! lol.. you smfs !!!!!!!

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      June 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      So go get a real job and pay for your own healthcare, slug.

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    Lindsey Bradford

    September 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Why, oh why would anyone do this knowing that their skin falling off is the end result?

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      Jamesa Poitts

      March 24, 2014 at 6:46 am

      mmm kebabs

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    Monica V Lucas

    September 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I hope there is a mass education program happening. The sick thing would be to try to suppress information about it.

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    Patricia Craft

    September 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    This is pretty awesome… Not the drug, but the rawness of the photos. I do not get grossed out by anything! I have an iron stomach… until someone throws up. 🙂

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      November 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      I bet you also have an IQ of about 77. Your an IDIOT

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        December 31, 2013 at 7:07 pm


        As in: You’re the only idiot here.

        Also, Patricia was commenting on the photography. And she is right…the photography is beautifully detailed. It shows the horror of the drug, but it also shows these are people.

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