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Krokodil: The Street Drug That Rots Flesh
Perhaps the most dangerous drug in the world, Krokodil, originated in Russian and rots the flesh from the inside out. It is an opioid derivative of codeine. It is like heroin in that it imparts the same feelings. However, it happens to be one of the deadliest drugs on the market. The drug’s ingredients include chemicals like paint, gasoline, oil, and paint thinner. A heroin addict, hard-core, may live up to seven years. This drug can be fatal on its first use. The deadly combination of these chemicals causes gangrene, which makes it necessary to amputate parts of the body. The acid in its ingredients rot and eat a person’s flesh from the veins out.
The homemade version, and there really is no other type, starts with codeine. It is then cooked to a certain production level. The addict will use solvents that include gasoline, acid, red phosphorus from matches. Fully cooked, or partially cooked, these chemicals are deadly. It is bad enough that people are exposed to them in small proportions, but at such concentrated levels, permanent damage, or death are imminent. Anyone foolish enough to inject this drug will develop skin ulcerations, infection, and gangrene. This is if they are lucky to live through their first experience. Another name for this deadly drug is called “Russian Magic.” In truth, there is nothing magic about it.
Deadly Side Effects
The drug acts fast, and is 8-10 times as potent as morphine. Another thing that makes it so deadly is its short life span. Users can expect their high to last only two hours. Thus, users are in frenzy to shoot up as quickly as possible to avoid excruciating withdrawal symptoms. It is one of the deadliest and most vicious drug cycles in existence. The withdrawal symptoms are similar to heroin, only far worse. In fact, when its deadly compound chemicals are removed, heroin is the remaining compound. Use of this deadly drug creates an immediate addiction.
Krokodil addicts have a life expectancy of only 1 year maybe 2. Some people are lucky to wake up the fact they have been using Krokodil. The side effects are harsh and deadly. The body decays at an extremely rapid rate. Symptoms, easily spotted, may include blood poisoning, nerve destruction, inflammation of the body’s organs, bone destruction, and complete tissue destruction.
As destructive as the drug is, one wonders what would drive an individual to try it at the risk of death or becoming addicted. It defies reason!