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Krokodil: Greetings from Russia

September 15th, 2017 Posted by Awareness, Blog, Opioid Epidemic 0 comments on “Krokodil: Greetings from Russia”

Krokodil has made its way to the US and it has been wreaking havoc since the day it arrived. An incredibly powerful opioid, Krokodil in the US is putting law enforcement on high alert as it’s affordable and relatively easy to make, which makes it a dangerous replacement drug for those hooked on other opioids, such as heroin.

What is Krokodil?

Made in a manner similar to meth, Krokodil came from Siberia, cutting its path across Russia and the western countries in Europe. What is krokodil? Officially known as Desomorphine, this hardcore street drug is created with krokodil ingredients that include gasoline, paint thinner, lighter fluid, iodine, and hydrochloric acid.

While it acts like an opioid, providing sedative and pain relieving effects, Krokodil is different because it is cooked.

Increasing Availability

Krokodil in the US could not have come at a worse time, considering the opiate crisis the nation is facing in 2017. With its affordability and increasing availability, Krokodil is already being met with lethal consequences in this country as addicts turn to it for a fix when they can’t afford other, “higher-end” drugs.

Although the drug Krokodil is still much less known in the United States, with the majority of production still heavily focused in Russia, authorities are fearful that it will rapidly spread.

Deadliest Designer Drug

According to a fascinating article published in Time, “Krokodil… was the deadliest designer drug ever to sweep through Russia… it wound up ensnaring hundreds of thousands of addicts across the country, and it spread especially fast in poor, industrial areas.” The same article goes on to speak about the gruesome effects of this homemade drug, saying that the “flesh at the injection site would often rot away, while the tissues of the brain and other vital organs were severely eroded.”

Treatment is Urgent

The need for Krokodil drug treatment is urgent, as serious damage can be done with just one use. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse addiction, be sure to find a reputable drug addiction treatment center for them to get help from.

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