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Krokodil, Fact or Fiction?

The national news has covered the stories, the local broadcasters have published the photos and the story continues to spread across North America. Krokodil is a drug that originated in Russia. The poor quality of life, bad economic situation and poverty are the ingredients for extreme solutions to the existing drug addiction problems faced by hundreds of thousands of drug-addicted people each day in Russia and surrounding countries.


Side Effects of new Drug Krokodil
Side Effects of new Drug Krokodil


The main pipeline of drugs throughout Russia for many years has been heroin; that would come up from Afghanistan. When things get as they are in Russia’s present society and the heroin addict has no money to pay for his or her daily dose of heroin and even selling one’s body no longer produces the funds needed to pay for their high, the extreme solutions come forth. This is the birthplace of the Krokodil drug, at least its explosive use and destructive nature.

Russian drug addicts began to make synthesized Heroin at home by using pharmaceutical drugs such as Codeine and household products. Krokodil as a chemical fabrication by a non-qualified heroin addict is nothing more than some Codeine and anything else one can find such as gasoline, hydrochloric acid and red phosphorus. These chemicals are basically poisoning not unlike Heroin or cocaine, or alcohol; all have a toxic effect on the human brain and physical body. The big difference is that some chemicals are more toxic in small quantities, and others are deadlier in the long run. Some drugs kill you quickly others take years.

It wasn’t long before this became news and with our present-day media speedway such as internet and satellite TV, etc the news of Russian heroin addicts and the severe side effect of this homemade drug called Krokodil was unlike anything seen before. Medical toxicologists were writing papers studying the effects and emergency wards were treating cases one after another. Of course, when you create a sensational story it goes viral and it’s only a matter of time before some American heroin addict tries to make his own batch of Krokodil.


Krokodil has been seen in very sporadic spots across the US and even in Canada but nothing of the magnitude it was in Russia. The fact that a case of Krokodil would be seen in Colorado and then made into an international scare was well stated by Jacob Sullum of Forbes on this subject. With the amount of cheap and available heroin on the streets of American and Canadian cities alike it goes without saying that it’s unlikely there is an epidemic here in North America of Krokodil as it was seen in Russia.

But it does show another side of drug addiction, without proper drug rehab centers and drug addiction treatment programs a drug addict can get very extreme to avoid the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms of heroin or any other drug for that matter. Krokodil is just one example of what can happen, Bath Salts is another example of someone going to extremes to get a high. Alcohol vapours are again another example of finding ways to avoid life situations and escaping into the world of drug effects to deal with those daily problems.



If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, please call a drug addiction counsellor for help. A drug rehab counsellor can help find good drug rehab centers and drug addiction treatment programs,

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