Krokodil is the name of the disastrous drug which has the side effect of rotting the human flesh. Used as a cheap substitute for heroin, its users are known for living up to three years only once they have started using it while some die in the first year itself. Krokodil gets its name from the fact that it turns users’ skin scaly and eats the skin and rots the brain and limbs from inside thereby leading to a painful slow death.
So far the use of Krokodil has been confined to Russia only but lately its use has spread towards other regions in Western Europe claiming the lives of more and more people. In Russia only, Krokodil seized by the authority has increased 23 fold since 2009. The reason why this drug is so prevalent is mainly because it can be made from home and costs only around $6 to $8 as opposed to heroin which costs $150.
Users of krokodil have reported disastrous skin deformities which have been widely highlighted through videos on YouTube demonstrating the fatal and deadly effect of this cheap drug. The main reason behind its deadly nature is because it comprises of codeine, bezine, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid and red phosphorus. Basically it is the hydrochloric acid which results in the skin being eaten up. At the same time, the addictive nature of this drug is explained by the fact that it can be easily cooked up at home which makes it readily available to its users while at the same time those who want to put an end to its use experience painful withdrawal such that quitting this drug is a rather daunting thing requiring phenomenal will power. The saddest thing about it all is that despite its poisonous nature, the drug is gaining prevalence across Europe, mostly because of its cost effective feature as well as the ease with which it can be ‘cooked’.