Krokodil (pronounced like crocodile) has certainly hit the streets of the United State and spreading to Orlando. Even as a criminal attorney for over 10 years, I was surprised to hear about this drug and the dangers associated with it. However, Krokodil is hitting the streets and spreading across the country as a cheap heroin knockoff from Russia. I attribute the spread of this drug to the government’s intensive crack down on prescription pills including opiates (Oxycodone, oxycontin, etc) and then providing minimal treatment options. Law enforcement doesn’t truly understand the strength of these opiates and the difficulty dealing with the addiction. These addicts need options for intensive inpatient and outpatient treatment therapy which are currently limited in most communities.
The opiate addicts went running to all the next best options when the prescription pills supply diminished. Many of the opiate abusers ran to heroin, but when the supply of heroin runs thin we will start to see Krokodil spring up. The drug can be easily cooked up at a home with readily available household items.
This drug is also known as desomorphine which is made from the painkiller codeine tablets combined with substances like gasoline, hydrochloric acid, paint thinner or lighter fluids. Krokodil is attractive to the addicts who are looking for a cheaper and better high. However, the drug actually rots the skin from the inside out. The name alone comes from the scaly black or green appearance of the skin once the gangrene starts to settle in.