A flesh eating drug that has been popular in Russia since 2003 has seen its first users in North America.
The drug Desomorphine with the street name Krokodil has been linked to deaths and gangrenous
conditions in 7 states in the USA since July 2013. The first known case in Canada has been found in the
bedroom community of Oakville in Southern Ontario.
Krokodil is an opiate that can easily be made with a combination of codeine prescription medications
that are broken down and mixed with additives such as gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol, iodine along
with some of elements. Chemically the drug resembles heroin and was actually patented in the 1930’s
in the good old USA as Desomorphine.
The user will typically inject this drug to get high, which from a scientific evaluation is like no other
natural or synthetic s high on the market. The drug crosses the blood brain barrier in a matter of
seconds, but the real problem begins soon after. Users are quickly addicted and a dependence is
created. The users then develop scaly skin hence the name Krokodil (Russian for Crocodile).
Most addicts who choose to inject Krokodil use the drug as a cheaper form of Heroin. At only 8 – 10 dollars a hit, its 300% cheaper than the heroin alternative. Average life expectancy of a Krocodil user is between 2 – 3 years due to the gangrenes effect of the drug. The additives eat away at healthy tissue, bone and veins in the users body causing limbs to fall off and gangrenous like symptoms to set in within a matter of weeks after the first use.
As graphic as this sounds, this particular case in southern Ontario hits too close to home for the staff at Glen Abbey Physiotherapy. Prevention starts with knowledge. Please share this post, you could save a life! For more information and resources visit Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.
“death is caused by swallowing saliva in small doses over a long period of time“