Krokodil Rock

In an attempt to take my mind off of the government shut down, the prospect of not getting paid and as I wait for something more profound to surface I’ve decided to chat with you today about one of my favorite topics: drugs! It may come as no surprise to many of you but the drug trade (both legal and otherwise) is one line of work that appears to be free from the recession and shows no sign of slowing up. I mean, I get how the “pharmacists” stay paid but how do the customers, addicts, junkies and users keep the money coming in for that shit? Inquiring minds really want to know. How can you afford smack but have no job, can no longer steal from anyone because everyone around you is just as broke as you are and for damn sure can’t get your fix on credit? I don’t know. I guess where there’s a will there’s a way but c’mon. Anyway, I digress… kinda.

Let’s move on to this month’s drug of choice: Krokodil.

Desomorphine (more commonly referred to as Krokodil) is a somewhat new synthetic drug to hit the circuit and although has been effecting lives overseas for nearly ten years, recently made its way over to the states. Late last week the first American ‘krokodil sightings’ took place in Arizona. After monitoring the physical and mental state of krokodil users, the toxicology team at Banner Good Samaritan Poison Control Center have all come to one resounding conclusion: that shit makes your skin rot! No, not rot as in the whole you get in your arm from needle use but actually rot from the inside out; think necrotizing fadciitis. Can we say GROSS!?

In addition to turning into you into a molting, two-legged version of the animal this drug is affectionatly named after, like its lab created predecessors Krokodil is a synthetic opiate similar to Bath Salts; the stuff that makes the user want to eat people but packs a much meaner punch than other recreational drugs in the same category (the whole rotting flesh thing). The side effects of this drug start off mild enough but are just as shitty if you ask me. Krokodil addicts tend to develop irreversible brain damage that often lead to speech impediments and spastic movements (twitching) in addition to turning green and the other noticeable physical effects mentioned above. All in all, this stuff is nothing to play with.

As profoundly interesting as it is I still find myself amazed that scientists and drug dealers, whichever scheme you prefer to buy into, have the time, energy and more important, resources to develop this stuff. As if natural opiates weren’t enough we stemmed off into freaky shit like fake weed (which comes up on drug tests now by the way) and fake coke which makes you eat people, loose your mind and literally fall to pieces. I just don’t get it. Just say no to drugs kids. Mind over hallucinogens. They’re just not worth it! In closing, if you or someone you know is struggling with a drug problem (or faced with any crisis including domestic abuse) please call the National Crisis Hotline at 1.800.521.7128. If you’d like to read more about Krokodil, check out the link below from the LA Times with the complete story. Stay safe!

Newest synthetic drug to hit America: Krokodil

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UPDATE: I found a video that showcases the effects of Krokodil and thought it’d be a good idea to share. Please be advised that this video is a wee bit graphic and may not be suitable to watch if you’re squimish. Disclaimer complete. Remember kids, don’t do drugs!

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