What is Krokodil?
When a heroin addict can no longer afford heroin, her or she often turns to Krokodil, which produces a stronger high. Those addicted to other opiates often turn to Krokodil to get a fix when they can no longer find other drugs.
The additives in Krokodil are incredibly dangerous and include the following: gasoline, rubbing alcohol, powdered match heads, paint thinner, and hydrochloric acid. Those addicted to the drug who live in Russia often cook the drug in saline solution for eyes, as this can make the drug’s effects much more intense.
What Happens to the Human Body on Krokodil?
Krokodil users inject the drug directly into their veins, and the toxic ingredients almost immediately damage the veins. This leads users to have to find new injection sites for nearly every use. The drug damages skin, and patches of scaly skin often erupt at injection sites. The drug pools beneath the skin and rots it, and the drug clumps within veins since it doesn’t completely dissolve in blood. This means that the clumps can travel to other areas of the body and begin to destroy tissue that hasn’t yet been injected. Gangrene sets in at both the injection sites and where the clumps of Krokodil have traveled. Eventually the dead skin will detach from the bones and muscles it overlays, which leads to amputations. Once a person begins to use Krokodil, they are expected to live for less than one year.
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