Krocodil: The New Street Drug That Rots Flesh To The Bone

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Desomorphine was first synthesized in the United States in 1932. Scientists were trying to find a drug with the pain killing properties of morphine, but that caused less nausea and less addiction in patients that needed to use it in the long term for pain relief.

The drug they came up with was 8-10 times more potent than morphine which would have meant far less was needed to control severe pain, but it proved to be far more addictive than the morphine in use so the research was discontinued.

How genuine scientific research has ended up with people synthesizing desomorphine in their kitchens from ingredients such as red phosphorous ( used to make match heads) and codeine is as yet unknown. Gasoline, paint thinners and painkillers have been reported by Russian users as additions to the toxic brew. The resulting substance has  the street name Krokodil, thought to be because the skin of users resembles crocodile skin before it breaks down and turns to mush. Unfortunately, the mixing of the ingredients produces several extremely toxic by products which can cause the skin to breakdown, often from the inside out.

According to International Business Times:

The drug gets its name due to its effects on the user’s skin as it soon turns scaly and continues to harden and turn gray before rotting away, a process known as necrosis. Of the two users profiled by the Independent, Oleg and Sasha, the former had rotting sores as a result of his Krokodil use. Krokodil use was first reported in Siberia in 2002 and later spread to other parts of Russia, Time reported. The drug soon exploded in popularity and gained international coverage in 2011. Reports from Vice, graphic videos posted on YouTube and photos depicting the effects of Krokodil led to international attention, but there had been no reported cases of the drug’s use in America prior to the two cases in Arizona.

Shelly Mowry, a substance abuse expert speaking to KNXV-TV, said:

“In the 12 years that I’ve been doing substance abuse and prevention education, it’s probably the most destructive drug I’ve ever seen.”

The average life expectancy of a Krokodil user is between two and three years according to Russian doctors who have worked with addicts.

The damage caused by Krocodil is extreme. You can see pictures by clicking below. They follow the article.


This cheap heroin substitute is the latest export from Russia, and it has now arrived in the United States. One of the problems of trying to track Krocodil use before it gets to the tissue destroying stage is that it metabolises quickly and leaves little trace evidence for tests to find. This makes it difficult for help and support to be offered to new users as there is no proof they are actually taking the drug.

On first examination the damage to the skin and underlying tissue resembles that of necrotizing fasciitis, and it’s feasible that the organisms that cause the breakdown of the tissue in necrotizing fasciitis are present in Krokodil users .

These organisms include Streptococcus aureusKlebsiellaClostridium, E. coli and Aeromonas hydrophila.

The worry is that as Krocodil is cheap and easy to produce that it will end up being pushed in clubs and on street corners without the users knowing what they are taking and how addictive it is. By the time these kids realise what they are putting into their bodies damage will have already started to occur and lifelong disfigurement is most likely going to be the end result.

The Russians are currently very tight lipped about the death rate from the drug so no figures have yet been allocated to it’s usage.

Krocodil has to be one of the worst drugs ever produced, but the pushers won’t care about that, as long as they make their money they will continue to trade regardless of the human cost.

I rarely ask for one of my articles to be passed around, but today I am doing so. EVERY youngster needs to understand what this drug does. 

Search the internet, read up and print the pictures. This is one we have to stop dead in it’s tracks. It needs publicizing, the kids need to know what this concoction can do to them.

Take care


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Contributed by Lizzie Bennett of Underground Medic.

Lizzie Bennett retired from her job as a senior operating department practitioner in the UK earlier this year. Her field was trauma and accident and emergency and she has served on major catastrophe teams around the UK. Lizzie publishes Underground Medic on the topic of preparedness.

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  • buttcrackofdoom

    maybe there IS a god afterall.

  • Hammerun

    In the movie Traffic, a Mexican Captain was asked if Mexico had a drug problem.
    His response was no, if they want to use drugs that’s fine, I’d they over medicate, “no more problem.”
    There is a butt load of money in drug treatment in America, not a cure but the treatment or the management of it.
    It keeps a lot of highly educated research people employed and fat financially.
    If you want to solve a problem, sometimes the simplest answer is the solution.
    Maybe the Mexican Captain was ruthlessly right. That’s true nature. Nature to my knowledge has no research laboratory. Ours are just money mills.
    What have we spent, raised, financed on cancer research? Trillions? What have we ended up with all of these years? Answer; a mediocre treatment program, unbelievably expensive drugs and a butt load of highly specialized cancer treatment centers you see advertised on TV. Hummm….
    Aids, is going to go the same way. Aids is the new cancer money mills.
    Didn’t Magic Johnson have aids? Have you seen him lately? He looks as healthy as a horse to me. I guess if you have enough money and position you needn’t worry about things like aids.
    But back to the subject and the Captains analogy. If in America there is a segment of society that is undesirable and there was a opinion that this segment was no longer needed and was a drain on the collective. Wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that there are opinions that would actively attempt to eliminate said segment for the prosperity of the collective?
    I believe this is so!
    They eliminate the problem, they collect a ton of funds, they hasten the finally and the collective is on to bigger and better things. It would suck to be a patient.
    This would NEVER get out but it wouldn’t surprise me if something like this was intentionally released on society to archive said goals.
    Predetermined Eugenics.

  • Sawbuck Steve

    I am ruthless too with all types of addicts, including drunks. The problem is self correcting. They die. End of problem. Prison for their behavior that endangers others, not molly-coddling them in some resort rehab or bs 12 Step group.