Krokodil is a disturbing synthetic drug that is made to mimic heroin but with even more dangerous side effects and a higher dependency rate! Starting in Russia, the drug began to make appearances in the US, UK, and Australia. The side effects are physical and psychological, leading to a quick death after addictive use. A krokodil user is only expected to live 1 – 2 years on this deadly synthetic drug.

The name krokodil comes from users developing scaly skin after using the drug. The other disturbing side effects are as follows:

  • Significantly more addictive than morphine – INTENSE physical dependency
  • Inability to communicate effectively
  • Dermatitis – scaly skin
  • Hallucinations
  • Infection risk
  • Weakens muscle contractility → leads to atrophy
  • Tissue necrosis that leads to ulcerous erosions and infections
  • Deep abscesses
  • Septicaemia / pneumonia
  • Renal failure
  • Gangrene leading to amputations
  • Brain damage
  • Bone rot
  • Muscle atrophy (wasting)

The list of ingredients that are often found in krokodil are so disturbing:

  • Codeine + Iodine + Red Phosphorus (matches) + HCL and either
  • Lighter fluid + industrial cleaning oil, or
  • Ethanol + gasoline + paint thinner
  • Contaminants are TOXIC + expensive to remove/purify product
  • also, NOx may be produced during cooking

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