Krokodil, the terrible effects of the drug "zombie"

Krokodil, the terrible effects of the drug "zombie"

Krokodril drug

Ten times more powerful than the morphine and cheaper than the heroin, is codeine-based drug, the Krokodil It owes its name to the physical effects it has on users. The skin of the limbs of users, where the drug is injected, becomes flaky like the skin of a crocodile.

The use of paint solvents and gasoline to manufacture the Krokodil (crocodile in Russian) contribute to the corrosive effects it has on the body, leading to gangrene. This drug rots flesh to the bone, so users seem like real "zombies."


  • 1 Origins of Krokodil
  • 2 Krokodil: manufacturing and immediate effects
  • 3 The passage of heroin to Krokodil
  • 4 Why is it called Krokodil?
  • 5 Withdrawal effects of Krokodil

Krokodil origins

Krokodil is a new drug that appeared in Russia about 2002. It began to be consumed in Siberia and has spread throughout the country since then. While many drugs produce addiction quite quickly and are physically harmful, Krokodil sets a new standard for the rapid destruction of the mind, spirit and body. In 2013, the first reports of its use in the US began.

Krokodil: manufacturing and immediate effects

The medical name of the drug is desomorphine. It is made homemade with codeine, which is sold without a prescription for Headaches, and cooking it with paint thinner, gasoline, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red matches match. The resulting liquid is injected into a vein. The effects of this drug have a duration of 90 minutes to two hours, and it takes approximately half an hour to make the drug. So a Krokodil addict It is quite easy to get the ingredients and cook the drug.

The passage of heroin to Krokodil

In Russia there is a serious problem with heroin addiction , but when a heroin addict can no longer afford that medication, he can compensate for it with Krokodil, which has a stronger effect and costs about a tenth of the price. But while the life expectancy of a heroin addict in Moscow is four to seven years, The life expectancy of an addict Krokodil is only one or two years.

It is believed that Krokodil accounts for approximately half of all drug-related addictions and deaths in Russia. And in some areas, Krokodil has almost replaced opiates as the drug of choice.

Why is it called Krokodil?

Krokodil receives its name due to the fact that the drug causes the skin of an addict to become green, flaky and full of grooves like those of a crocodile. If the drug is not injected into a vein and injected into the meat, it develops large abscesses. It is common for addicts to develop gangrene and require amputations. The meat of some parts of the body affected by Krokodil injections they rot completely, exposing the bone.

Withdrawal effects of Krokodil

Withdrawal is very difficult and painful, much worse than heroin. Heroin can cause discomfort and pain for up to ten days, but withdrawal from Krokodil can cause a month of excruciating pain. Are used extremely strong tranquilizers during withdrawal, for which the addict does not suffer so much pain.

Doctors who deal with addicts say that this is the strongest level of addiction and the most difficult to cure. If a person manages to be clean of Krokodil, they may be permanently damaged, such as inability to speak, empty eyes and erratic movements.