Russia's Flesh-Eating Drug Krokodil Has Arrived In The U.S. And Here's Why That Should Scare You

When I say that this drug is flesh-eating, I mean that it rots your skin while you're alive and this post contains photos of what that looks like. WARNING: very graphic images.

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"Krokodil" is a street version of the drug desomorphine. It is a toxic mix of codeine, iodine, and red phosphorus that produces a high similar to that of heroin, but much shorter.

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#Krokodil #ZombieDrug #Крокодил

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The heroin problem in Russia, combined with rampant poverty, has resulted in an unfortunate amount of drug users seeking cheap heroin alternatives.

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The person pictured above is injecting himself with heroin, not krokodil.

The krokodil sold in Russia's slums isn't pure desomorphine, but the toxic mix of codeine-based headache pills, iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, or alcohol.

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The woman above is being injected with heroin, not krokodil.

It was synthesized in America in the early 1930s as a hopefully less addictive alternative to morphine. We ended up making a more addictive alternative.

This is an effect of shooting Krokodil in the tweet below.

Gypsy Dee

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This is an effect of shooting Krokodil in the tweet below.

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Gypsy Dee

@Gypsy__

Please don't use Krokidil.

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Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner's Poison Control Center, is worried about it spreading. "Where there is smoke there is fire, and we're afraid there are going to be more and more cases," he said.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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