A highly addictive drug causing gangrene and even rotting flesh has found its way to the shores of the U.S. Krokodil, aptly named for the scaly skin appearing around injection sites, is now being used in America.
The first cases were reported by doctors at the Banner Poison Control Center where two men from Arizona began to show signs of damage from the drug.
Dangerous Drug Finds Its Way Across Border
Originating from Russia, this homemade drug grew in popularity due to the price which is 20 times cheaper than heroin and the fact that it can be made very simply by using chemicals found in your garage. It is an opiate made from codeine-based headache pills, gasoline, paint thinner, and alcohol.
Users of the drug near Siberia are reported to have a life span of two to three years after continually injecting themselves. Once injected, the blood vessels and tissues are damaged causing the flesh to rot from the inside out. Krokodil ravages the flesh exposing bone and internal organs.
“The Most Horrifying Drug in the World Comes to the US,” said Time magazine. Mother Jones minced no words: “Zombie Apocalypse Drug Reaches US: This Is Not a Joke.”
Krododil Has Been On D.E.A. Hitlist For Years
The D.E.A. has been tracking this drug in Russia for at least two years where a reported 1 million people partake in this deadly concoction. It dissolves jaw bones and teeth and also causes gangrene resulting in lost limbs.
Irina Palova told Time Magazine in 2011 about her experience with fellow users including her brother. “Practically all of them are dead now,” she said. “For some, it led to pneumonia, some got blood poisoning, some had an artery burst in their heart, some got meningitis, others simply rot.”
This is a case of people turning themselves into zombies. Addictions can be tragic and heartbreaking but Krokodil is a whole new level of narcotic abuse, one that is tearing it’s victims apart, literally.
The horrifying effects of Krokodil can be seen here. I warn you, this is very graphic so those of you with weak stomachs are urged to not look.