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Flesh-Eating Drug Krokodil Hits America, Not As Scary As It Looks

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Have you seen the new flesh-eating drug Krokodil sweeping the nation as two “cases” of the substance appeared in Arizona for this first time this week?

If you’re seeing Krokodil pics for the first time, the flesh-eating drug indeed looks like a nightmare come to life. Alleged users of Krokodil look like horror movie extras, blackened skin hanging from areas of former health or limb — if any skin at all remains. Some images just show a bare bone, almost cartoonishly, as if the flesh between the hand and elbow were cleanly meat cleavered away.

However, Krokodil’s flesh-eating drug properties are not new or news, in as much as firstly, the images you’re seeing are not from Arizona. They’re from Russia, where Krokodil has been an issue for many years now.

Secondly, the images being passed around to warn of the flesh-eating drug’s horrible effects are also quite old — we’ve been seeing the very same Krokodil images surfacing now and again repeatedly for years now. The images are shocking and horrible, but it’s also not something that is posing a significant threat to America’s kids.

Why do we know this, and what is Krokodil anyway? It’s actually something you’ve probably already taken willingly, even if you don’t use street drugs.

Yes, the “flesh-eating drug” seen in the shock Krokodil pictures is simply adulterated codeine. You know, the stuff the dentist gives you when he pulls a tooth. Codeine is, while a controlled substance, not one known to pose a threat to American kids in such a manner that a panic needs to rise up because unethical drug dealers are cutting it with garbage like gasoline and acid.

(Newsflash: Street drugs are often cut with other substances and cannot be trusted.)

The people seen in the flesh-eating drug pics from the slums of Russia are simply opiate addicts, not unlike heroin or Vicodin dependent people. And when they’re desperate for a fix, they purchase low-quality, adulterated opiates… which they inject, and suffer devastating and life-threatening infections as a result.

Yes, the flesh-eating drug pics are real, and Krokodil is a dangerous substance. But it’s not a “new drug,” and we’d even gamble it’s not “just hitting America,” since as long as there has been a drug market and demand for codeine and related substances, there have been dealers cutting it with any number of contaminants.

According to ABC, the flesh-eating drug Krokodil is a “trend,” and the public should be aware — lest any of you planned to inject opiates as the weekend approaches, you know and are sufficiently warned.

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11 Responses to “Flesh-Eating Drug Krokodil Hits America, Not As Scary As It Looks”

  1. Morrigan Roth

    For someone by the name of "Jab Artistry" it looks like you need some more practice.

  2. Alex Seawell

    the error in your "report" is that 'krokodil' is not equivalent to adulterated codeine, but rather to desomorphine converted from codeine using various substances such as iodine, paint thinner etc. to produce a chemical reaction. The byproducts of these typically shoddy conversion processes are much more dangerous relative to even potent opiate/opioids of abuse such as heroin, hydromorphone (dilaudid), or oxymorphone (opana). So better just not touch the keyboard next time yo

  3. Ricky Barz

    >It’s actually something you’ve probably already taken willingly, even if you don’t use street drugs.
    >…adulterated codeine
    This is dead wrong. Krokodil isn't codeine, it's a derivative of morphine called desomorphine (Source: ). It's made from codeine, so I suppose you could call it adulterated codeine, but then so is oxycodone, and even morphine (source: ). But saying the average person has had codeine because they've had desomorphine means that the author is literally combining two drugs. It's like saying, I dunno, aspirin and ibproufen are the same.

    >Codeine is, while a controlled substance, not one known to pose a threat to American kids
    Uh, no shit? You're reporting the first known uses in the US, of course there isn't a history of endangering Americans.

    >unethical drug dealers are cutting it with garbage like gasoline and acid.
    First, I'd like to point out the author means chemistry-acid, not drug-acid. Acid the drug is actually much harder to make and thus probably more expensive in most regions than Krokodil would be. Second, the author clearly doesn't understand the content they were provided. The issue in Russia isn't due to drug dealers, it's due to the fact that you can slap together a synthesis (in Russia, where codeine is over-the-counter) for essentially pocket change. Turns out, lab-grade chemicals are expensive for a reason: It's to avoid having potentially harmful materials in the mixture or two individually safe materials that would react in some way to form toxic byproducts. Why are these "unethical drug dealers" being so careless with their source of income's life? Turns out it's generally not made by drug dealers, but it's so damn cheap and effective (many scientific sources have concluded it has a stronger effect than an equivalent amount of heroin, here's an example: ) that random people make it on their own, and once addicted, continue to use pocket change to buy more and more chemicals until they die. Sources for this paragraph:,8599,2078355,00.html#ixzz1Puyb832o
    Please note that this drug is stronger and probably more addictive than heroin, but I don't think the author would claim heroin isn't a threat to American kids.

    >there have been dealers cutting it with any number of contaminants.
    Okay, the author repeated this point, so I'll address it again. Cutting is an issue in street drugs, yes, but not in this case. The main toxic effects of Krokodil are because the simple, do-it-yourself synthesis works, but allows for other terrible shit to get in, too. Remember, dealers want to keep their customers alive, and this means krokodil (from this quick and dirty synthesis, at least) will never catch on among dealers.

    Please, I encourage the author to review other news sites as well as the sources I linked in order to drive this information home. And Kim LaCapria, if you'd like to discuss this on a Facebook thread beyond correcting grammar, please respond. I'd love to hear about it. But in the meantime, please be more careful with articles that could lull bored highschoolers with an interest in kitchen chemistry into a spiral of addiction and death.

  4. Joseph Packwood

    new drug fear craze and frenzy attempted by an uneducated reporter just trying to make their story. This has been out for a long time over in russia and i didnt hear shit about how it was destroying their youths and how its a horrible drug till bam isolated incidents were discovered in AZ. most likely in russian populated areas, not trying to be racist just saying its popular overt here someone tried it came back and voila. people need to do their research and prevent this kind of thing not just cause a fear craze in the media cause then you are just spreading the knowledge that this is a powerful drug and it attracts people to it instead of preventing the spread of a drug that literally eats you from the inside out.

  5. Ricky Barz

    Evan Bennett Watch the video on the Vice link I gave, that's when I first heard about it.

  6. Barton Foley

    Instead of flaming you as the lead writer here I'll just comment that you may come across to some as a subtly annoying, stream of consciousness style deviant as identified by William James in The Principles of Psychology or possibly an excessively naive youth with a unfortunate access to public editorial powers. Friendly perspective, I'm sure you can appreciate my point of view. I don't think you are taking into account the sickening profundities of a drug that literally eats the hopelessly addicted.

    Also, feel avenged that it took an astonishing amount of time to establish site functionality when handling the 50+ third party scripts you have running on this page, that number including the ominously named

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