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Urgent Alert from Narconon: US Drug Users Warned to Avoid 'Krokodil'
Date:10/1/2013

(PRWEB) October 01, 2013

'Krokodil' is a new drug on the illicit market, homemade from codeine pills and a variety of household chemicals: iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol. In Russia, it has been known as a killer drug for several years. But it is suspected of just having made its first appearance in Arizona.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-krokodil-heroin-arizona-20130927,0,7644763.story

The chemical name of this drug is desomorphine, an opiate like heroin. In Russia, codeine headache pills are sold over the counter. Drug users buy these pills and then cook up the desomorphine in their kitchens. The resulting drug, many times less expensive than heroin, is then injected. The effects are unlike anything else on the market.

Reports are that krokodil users' flesh simply rots right off their bones. The nerves are dead so there is no feeling in these body parts so a person can have a gangrenous, rotting arm or leg without its manifesting any pain. There is brain damage and teeth and jawbones disintegrate. Livers and kidneys become inflamed and won't heal. Abscesses appear at injection sites. The nickname comes from the fact that some users' skin becomes green and scaly. The life expectancy of a krokodil addict in Russia is reported to be about two years.

"To prevent an epidemic in this country like they have had in Russia, anyone who is using illicit drugs should refuse to touch this one," said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. "If a person can’t stop using illicit drugs, he is safest if he finds an effective rehabilitation program but no matter what, don’t use krokodil."

Avoiding use of krokodil is far better than having to withdraw and recover from the a
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