Krokodil: Can it Happen to You?

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krokodilKrokodil sounds like some kind of substance straight out of your worst nightmares. And this kind of movie-like effect of this drug kind of gives it the whole aura of mystery and mass hysteria. This leaves many people with the thought that they would never use that (addicts still in addiction) or families thinking that the drug could never affect someone they know. It kind of gives you the impression or idea that “It can’t happen to me.”

But it can. Addiction is a cunning, baffling, and powerful disease. In fact, it is the one disease that tells its users they don’t have it. This makes the millions of people affected with this disease, susceptible to the recent outbreaks of Krokodil use in the United States. So should you be fearful? No. But should you be aware? Absolutely.

 Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH. He is the co-medical director at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center in Phoenix, Ariz, has this to say about addiction and Krokodil and why its appearing in the United States. “Another explanation would be that addiction, whether opiates or alcohol, is a very terrible disease. People get desperate. Taking a pill wouldn’t be enough. They might look for ways to make them higher.”

Let us break it down for you.

The use of Krokodil began in Russia in 2003. Krokodil is a homemade drug. It combines codeine, lighter fluids, gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol, and other ingredients. It is known as a potent and cheap form or heroin, if you can even call it that. It gets its users hooked easily, is easily obtained, and keeps them super high. The users inject the drug that is 10 times cheaper than heroin, and is also supposedly 10 times stronger, because it delivers a faster high than in tablet form.

Krokodil has some nasty side effects that include an early death. Krokodil eats the user from the inside out, causing rotting flesh that leaves the bone and muscle tissue exposed. The skin takes on a scaly, green appearance which is how its earned its name of “Krokodil”, and has been rightly dubbed “The Drug That Eats Junkies.” The common reason for death from Krokodil of course is the loss of skin. Users can die of infections and gangrene. The drug also destroys blood vessels it is injected into causing blockages. It is said that regular users of Krokodil in Russia usually die within 2 years of starting Krokodil.

If someone you know is suffering from drug addiction don’t let them even get the chance of seeing this stuff. If anything Krokodil should raise the awareness that addiction really is a disease that needs to be treated with some kind of outside help, whether it be with interventions, treatment, outpatient treatment, or whatever. Why else would the person you know and love use a drug like this? Addiction could cause someone you know and love to use a drug like this. If someone you know or love is dealing with drug addiction it is time to do something, Krokodil or no Krokodil. It is time to get help and we know how. Call us at Addiction Intervention Now Inc. today! 866-683-8833