Krokodil Flesh-Eating Drug Hits U.S.

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Krokodil the Flesh Eating Substance has been uncovered in Arizona.

Heroin, Flesh Eating Drug, Krokodil Krokodil, real name desomorphine, is an opioid derivative of morphine. Like other addictive opioid  substances such as heroin.  It has a sedative and analgesic effect.

It’s onset is reportedly fast-acting and  eight to 10 times more potent than morphine. A homemade version of the substance  is easily made using codeine, iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and red phosphorus.

Krokodil is a popular Russian drug, made of codeine and an assortment of other chemicals, which are injected directly into the vein.

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Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner’s Poison Control Center, reported that his center located in Arizona has dealt with two users of the dangerous drug known for its use in Russia in the past week.

“As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States that are reported. So we’re extremely frightened,” he said.

“They extract (the drug) and even though they believe that most of the oil and gasoline is gone, there is still remnants of it. You can imagine just injecting a little bit of it into your veins can cause a lot of damage,” LoVecchio said.

The combination of these chemicals (see list next page) often causes gangrene, making it necessary to amputate the affected regions. The acidic chemicals can also rot and eat at the flesh from the veins out.Heroin Drug Hits Arizona

It has been gaining attention internationally because of growing use in Russia, in part because it is cheaper than buying heroin. About 1 million people in Russia use krokodil, and the drug has been found in other European countries as well, according to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Heroin, the drug most often compared to krokodil, is considered much more healthy and much less addictive than the flesh-eating intoxicant.

Russia is estimated to have around 2.5 million drug addicts, most of whom use heroin.

According to sources:  In 2009, Russian drug control services seized over 65 million doses of the drug.

NOTE:  A heroin addict may live up to six or seven years. The life of a desomorphine addict is much shorter- two years maximum. Some may take it for five years, but many people die after taking their first dose of this drug.

Heroin, the drug most often compared to krokodil, is considered much more healthy and much less addictive than the flesh-eating intoxicant.

WARNING: Graphic and disturbing photos of those who have used Krokdil Here

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The facts about Krokodil:

  •  The drug got its nickname from the Russian world for crocodile, because users tend to develop scale-like, green skin.
  •  The drug is eight to 10 times more potent than morphine.
  •  A homemade version of the drug is easily made using codeine, iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and red phosphorus.
  •  3 of 100 heroin addicts can be cured of their addiction, but Krokodil kills all of its users.
  • Desomorphine is an opioid first patented in 1932 in the United States

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  • Heroin also known as diamorphine is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring opiate extracted from the seedpod of certain varieties of poppy plants. The opium poppy has been cultivated for more than five thousand years for a variety of medicinal uses.
  • Nicomorphine:  the 3,6-dinicotinate ester of morphine. It is a strong opioid agonist analgesic two to three times as potent as morphine with a side effect profile similar to that of dihydromorphine, morphine, and diamorphine.
  • Tropicamide: a prescripton drug use to Dilates your pupils during an eye exam. Helps your doctor to see inside your eye.
  • Codeine (Prescription Drug)  Treats pain or cough. This medicine is a narcotic pain medicine and cough reliever.
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FACTS ABOUT HEROIN:

  •  It is manufactured from opium poppies cultivated in four primary source areas: South America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Mexico. Although Afghanistan produces the majority of the world’ssupply , South America has become the most prevalent type available in the U.S., particularly in the Northeast, South and Midwest. The particular form known as “black tar” from Mexico, a less pure form  is more commonly found in the western and southwestern United States.
  • It is rarely pure and may range from a white to dark brown powder of varying consistency. Such differences typically reflect the impurities remaining from the manufacturing process and/or the presence of additional substances. These “cuts” are often sugar, starch, powdered milk and occasionally other drugs, which are added to provide filler.
  •  It can be sniffed, smoked or injected. Mexican black tar  is usually injected (once dissolved) or smoked because of its consistency. Like other opiates, heroin is a sedative drug that slows body functioning. People who use it describe a feeling of warmth, relaxation and detachment, with a lessening sense of anxiety. Due to its analgesic qualities, physical and emotional aches and pains are diminished. These effects appear quickly and can last for several hours, depending on the amount of heroin taken and the route of administration. Initial use can result in nausea and vomiting, but these reactions fade with regular use.
  • People who use the substance regularly are likely to develop a physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms (“cold turkey”) may begin within 6 to 24 hours of discontinuation of the drug; however, this time frame can fluctuate with the degree of tolerance as well as the amount of the last consumed dose. Symptoms may include sweating, anxiety, depression, chills, severe muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, cramps and fever.
  • Injection poses the greatest risk of lethal overdose by enabling large amounts  into the bloodstream at once. Smoking and snorting heroin can also result in overdose, especially if a non-tolerant user ingests a large amount of potent heroin and/or combines it with other depressant drugs, such as alcohol. Symptoms of a overdose include slow and shallow breathing, convulsions, coma and possibly death. To avoid fatal overdose, it is strongly recommended that people who use the drug (and their peers and loved ones) be trained to administer naloxone, an overdose reversal drug that has been approved by the FDA since 1971.
  • The use of “dirty” or shared needles when injecting heroin can spread deadly infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Injecting drugs and/or sharing needles can contribute to other diseases and conditions that may be serious or even life threatening, including endocarditis, embolism or blood clot, botulism, tetanus, and flesh-eating bacteria. Finally, injecting may cause abscesses (a painful skin inflammation) that, in turn, may result in blood poisoning.
  • Methadone is an opiate agonist that has a series of actions similar to those of heroin and other medications derived from the opium poppy. Methadone is used to reduce and even eliminate heroin use by stabilizing people struggling with addiction for as long as is necessary to help them avoid returning to previous patterns of drug use. Methadone maintenance treatment has been documented in hundreds of scientific studies to reduce crime, death, disease, and drug use. Compared to the other major drug treatment modalities – drug-free outpatient treatment, therapeutic communities, and chemical dependency treatment – methadone is the most rigorously studied and has yielded the best results. There are more than115,000 methadone maintenance patients in the United States – 40,000 in New York State and 20,000 in California.

Krokodil – real name desomorphine - is an ultra-cheap heroin substitute that counts crushed codeine pills, gasoline, cooking oil, iodine, paint thinner and lighter fluid among its toxic ingredients.

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