Krokodil is a popular, addictive drug that has made its way to the United States. Users have been injecting the drug which actually causes them to rot from the inside out -- and apparently, that's cool. The drug is called "Krokodil" because it causes users skin to turn black or dark green and scaly -- similar to a crocodile.
A few people in The States have suffered abscesses and exposed bones after taking the drug. Krokodil is made up of crushed codeine and gasoline (or sometimes lighter fluid). The drug is usually inserted into the body using a needle. Doctors say that the combination of codeine and gasoline causes a person's flesh to rot... from the inside out since the drug is injected and not topical. Other infections such as necrosis are also common.
Krokodil is really popular despite the nasty side effects. Why? For starters, it's really cheap. It's way less expensive than heroin and it's appealing to some because they can make it at home. Another "perk" is that the drug acts like a sedative. It's also a painkiller which is appealing to many drug users.
The drug has been referred to as a "Zombie drug" because its high doesn't last long. People who use it tend to "continuously chase the high" using the drug and injecting themselves often. No one in the US has died from the drug thus far but the mortality rate is very high.
Recently, five people were admitted to hospitals in Illinois after Krokodil use. They each told their doctors that they thought they were using heroin. They are all expected to be okay.
© Effie Orfanides 2013