The drug is called ‘Krokodil’ for a reason.
Italian Photographer Emanuele Satolli has revealed the devastating effects of a drug called ‘Krokodil’ with his powerful photos, aiming to raise awareness.
After the Russian government tightened its crackdown against drugs, many heroin addicts resorted to cooking up over-the-counter drugs that contain desomorphine and adding unknown ingredients to it. The drug is now called Krokodil.
But while the life expectancy of a heroin addict is four to seven years, the life expectancy of a krokodil addict is just a year or two. The fact is the drug has already killed thousands of addicts in Russia and Eastern Europe.
The term ‘Krokodil’ was coined afer the user’s skin turns into a scaly, rotting texture due excessive use. Sergey Agakalov, a Russian narcotics expert said, “A person becomes a zombie with their body rotting, the rancid smell of which is detected a few steps away.’
Apparently, excessive usage of the drug results to scaly skin and erodes the tissues of the brain and other vital organs.
What is Krokodil?
Desomorphine, known by the street name krokodil, is an opioid derivative of codeine. Like heroin and other opioids, it has a sedative and analgesic effect, is highly addictive, and potentially harmful. Of note, krokodil is presumed to contain desomorphine, but due to illicit, home-based, manufacturing, it may contain other unknown ingredients, or in fact, no desomorphine at all.
Krokodil is a fairly new drug that has appeared in Russia since 2002. It started showing up in Siberia and has spread throughout the country since then. In 2013 reports of its use began cropping up in the U.S.