A friend of mine sent me a link to an article in the Independent yesterday that i have to say was positively horrible. Its about a new drug that is becoming increasingly popular to Russian heroin addicts as it is much cheaper than heroin. As you can probably guess from the title of the post the street name for this new drug is Krokodil:
It is desomorphine, a synthetic opiate many times more powerful than heroin that is created from a complex chain of mixing and chemical reactions, which the addicts perform from memory several times a day. While heroin costs from £20 to £60 per dose, desomorphine can be “cooked” from codeine-based headache pills that cost £2 per pack, and other household ingredients available cheaply from the markets.
It is a drug for the poor, and its effects are horrific. It was given its reptilian name because its poisonous ingredients quickly turn the skin scaly. Worse follows. Oleg and Sasha have not been using for long, but Oleg has rotting sores on the back of his neck.
“If you miss the vein, that’s an abscess straight away,” says Sasha. Essentially, they are injecting poison directly into their flesh. One of their friends, in a neighbouring apartment block, is further down the line.
Does this not sound like the worst drug in the world! I really do feel for any poor individual who falls for this stuff. I would suggest reading the whole article over on The Independent website and there is also another article over at Vice which is interesting too.