There is nothing good about an illegal drug making its way into the United States, let alone an opiate that rabidly destroys tissue, blood vessels, nerve and bone, and turns the skin green and scaly. And its name – krokodil – is fitting, ‘crocodile.’
According to Narconon, krokodil originated in Siberia in 2002, made its way through Russia and into Germany by 2011. U.S. health officials saw it first in the U.S. in Massachusetts and now two cases have been discovered in Arizona. One could safely assume it is making its way west.
The making of this illegal drug is nothing short of disturbing. The process begins with over-the-counter codeine pills blended with a solvent like gasoline, alcohol, or paint thinner.
Narconon expert Clark Carr said, “I’ve never seen a more dangerous or destructive drug, Of course a person who is using any addictive substances needs rehab to get clean and healthy again, but no matter what happens, no matter how hard it is to obtain heroin or opiates, no drug abuser should touch this substance.”
Often instantly addictive, using krokodil is akin to a powerful hit of heroin, but far cheaper. The drug is used intravenously.
Life expectancy once a user starts krokodil is said to be about two years as it is more difficult to quit than heroin.
To date, Narconon believes between one and three million people across the globe have used the drug. It’s obvious from graphic photographs taken of its users that it leaves an ugly death in its wake.
“At Narconon rehab centers in the U.S. and elsewhere, we help people get sober every day so we know the job can be done,” said Carr. “An addicted person who runs into problems obtaining the drugs he craves should never, ever resort to using this drug.”
In the same article, Carr said that the final cooked-up substance that is injected is usually a dirty, light orange liquid.
“Even if it is called by a different name, save your own life by avoiding anything like this or any drug cooked at home,” he added.
USA Today called krokodil “the deadly heroin-like drug that rots flesh” and said those who have succeeded in kicking a krokodil habit “are often severely disfigured for life, suffering serious scarring, bone damage, amputated limbs, speech impediments, poor motor skills, and varying degrees of brain damage.”