Krokodil is a narcotic made mostly from codeine that has become popular all over the world. Krokodil is the Russian word for crocodile, because of the effect the drug has on one’s skin; upon injection to the skin, the skin becomes scaly like that of a crocodile.
Krokodil is a drug that was developed over fifty years ago. Also known as desomorphine, dihydrodesoxymorphine, or permonid, this drug is a derivative from morphine with powerful, fast-acting sedative and analgesic effects. Krokodil is about eight times more powerful than morphine, and three times more powerful than heroin. About one million people in Russia have used Krokodil at least once or even on a regular basis.
People who use Krokodil develop scaly wounds that feel leathery in the areas where the drug has been injected. If the wounds are large enough, they can deteriorate and serious infections may occur, including gangrene and septicemia (Thoma). Gangrene is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that arises when a considerable mass of body tissue dies and there is a lack of blood supply in the veins. In some cases users may need to have limbs amputated because of the amount of different types of chemicals that are in krokodil.
The article “Krokodil: We Investigate Terrifying Drug Heading to Britain” written by Caroline Iggulden was published by The Sun (England) on Tuesday October 15, 2013 in Scotland. This article talks about how the most terrifying drug on the planet, Krokodil, has made its way to the United Kingdom from Russia.