Answers To Your Questions About The Drug “Krokodil”

What has been dubbed as ‘the flesh eating drug’, Krokodil, is a street drug that has been extremely popular in Russia before it made its way into the United States.

The first cases of Krokodil use came up in Arizona, with two reported deaths due to the drug. Since then images of people suffering from the effects of Krokodil have gone viral. Considered a cheap substitute for heroin, Krokodil is far more potent. Usually a homemade drug, Krokodil consists of a mixture of toxic materials such as lighter fluid, gasoline, and paint. Users often inject the drug to get a faster high than in a tablet form.

Krokodil is not a new drug, it has been on the drug scene in Russia since 2003, but has recently gotten press attention in the U.S.  With its gnarly ingredients, and extreme side affects, you must be wondering why people are choosing to inject this drug.  Krokodil gives a similar high to heroin, cost less than a tenth of the price, and the high lasts for about 90 minutes.

Usually, when one gets an injection of Krokodil, their skin turns green and scaly like a reptile and resembles what gangrene would like it. Over time, skin begins to rot away down to the bone. Gangrene and amputations are a common result. Also, people who frequently use the drug die of horrific infections and extreme loss of skin. Frequent users of the drug usually die within 2 years.

Can a user be treated and recover? Of course, recovery is always possible. There are medications that can be used to reverse some of the effects. Others options are wound care, skin grafts and surgery. With such a potent and extreme drug, time is critical for full recovery.

It is in high hopes that the large amount of media coverage about Krododil will discourage people from experimenting with it and will also stop people who are current users.

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Published on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:57
By Addiction Recovery