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Novus Medical Detox Comments on Possible Uprising of Deadly Narcotic, Calls for Public Education
Date:12/23/2013

New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) December 23, 2013

While prescription drugs have taken the U.S. by storm in recent years, a new narcotic has recently been cropping up—“Krokodil” is a cheap, homemade opiate in the same family as heroin that causes the skin to rot away when injected (1). As the drug is making its debut in several states, Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, says the addictive qualities and deadly side effects of Krokodil could spawn a drug wave that the U.S. is unprepared for; as a result, Novus encourages increased education about the dangers of opiates.

Despite the apparent toxic consequences of Krokodil, Novus officials say that the substance is highly likely to be desired by those struggling with drug addiction due to its faster onset, shorter duration of high and higher potency than heroin. As opiates are considered to be especially addictive because they directly influence the reward center of the brain, Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon says that the appearance of this substance could attract users, including first-time drug users.

Krokodil, which means “crocodile” in Russian and is named for the scaly appearance of skin once gangrene sets in, originated in Russia as a cheap solution to a heroin shortage; it is also known as desomorphine, a drug patented in the ’30s and marketed in Switzerland under the brand name Permonid (2). However, an important distinction is that desomorphine itself does not cause the damage associated with Krokodil—the hazards posed by Krokodil stem from the caustic substances that amateur chemists fail to remove before injection (3). Krokodil is
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