Krokodil: Cheap Street Drug Kills Thousands

drug abuseKrokodil or “Crocodile” in Russian is a homemade substitute of heroin, which is casting deathly shadows over the lives of thousands of Russia’s drug addicts. It has a reptilian name because the users’ skin starts developing crocodile-like unpleasant scales, over repeated use. And that is arguably the least this deadly drug can do to your body. The scales would give way to decaying sores and gray skin. The flesh would soon start to degenerate and would peel away leaving bones exposed. The users literally rot to death.

One among the deadliest, Krokodil or Crocodile is the new drug that is causing head ache to the Russian government, the Independent reported. This comparatively newer drug has been around for four years, ever since heroin addicts of Russia mastered the art of “cooking” Krokodil from head ache pills. As odd as it may sound, the raw material used in the preparation of Krokodil is the very common, codeine based head ache tablets, sold without prescription.

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