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Krokodil the flesh eating drug aka Desomorphine, and Permonid

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What is Krokodil?

Krokodil (sounds like crock-o-dill) is the street name for Desomorphine. Derived from morphine, it is a fast acting sedative with analgesic effects. The drug produces a similar high to heroin, and morphine but with much shorter duration. Where the high from heroin can last up to 8 hours, this drug lasts about 1-2, and produces a high 10x stronger than morphine. This drug is often purchased by users thinking it is heroin. It may actually become favored by heroin addicts that can no longer support their addiction nor care about the consequences of their use. Krokodil can be purchased for 1/3 the price of heroin, so it's a cheap and inexpensive fix for someone needing a "fix". Krokodil is currently known in Russia as “the poor man's drug", but it's making its way into the United States too.

This drug is easily made from codeine, red phosphorus, hydrochloric acid, and iodine. The street grade versions are packed full of other toxic chemicals including gasoline, paint thinner, household cleaners, caffeine, diphenhydramine, paracetamol, and other corrosive byproducts. Manufacturers who cook methamphetamine's use ingredients that are similar. Krokodil takes approximately 30 minutes for an amateur or novice to prepare in the kitchen. It's as easy as baking a pie! Being that the user is high for 2 hours if they are lucky, and the time to make a new batch is about 30 minutes, this addiction can easily become a full-time job! It is extremely addictive and can cause green scaly rotting skin, even all the way to the bone. Addicts continue to inject despite literally falling apart and rotting away like a zombie. Mortality rates are high when using Krokodil. So if you want to die slow, painfully and rotting, this is the drug for you!


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Addiction on the rise!

Addiction to this drug is increasing, and even those that manage to get clean often are disfigured, suffer from speech problems, or involuntary movements for the remainder of their lives, which are often cut much shorter than they should be.

Because this drug is injected, users often acquire secondary illness and diseases such as Hepatitis, cancer, HIV, and AIDS.

Krokodil has begun hitting the U.S., even as authorities struggle to fight the increasing numbers of people using Crystal Meth, this is now a war on a completely unique drug and addiction.

Warning- GRAPHIC!

Skin symptoms





  • Irrational behavior when on a binge
  • Exhaustion
  • Memory loss
  • Speech problems
  • Sleep deprivation


  • Late stage addiction produces severe physical mutation and collapse
  • Bone infections
  • Causes burst blood vessels
  • Deformity of the jaw and facial bones from decay
  • Rotting gums
  • Skin ulcers and sores on the skull and face
  • Rotting noses, ears, limbs
  • Severe liver and kidney damage

Why does your skin rot?

This drug causes extreme damage to veins and soft tissue, usually starting at the injection site. Damage is quickly followed by necrosis, and gangrene. The drug can clump in veins and does not completely dissolve in the blood stream. Clumps travel to other places within the body and immediately start tissue damage.

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Withdrawal is much worse than heroin. Heroin causes sickness and pain for up to ten days but withdrawal from krokodil can result in months of excruciating physical pain. Strong tranquilizers are often used during treatment, to help the addict recover until withdrawal subsides.

Just don't even try it.

The only remedy is to educate and treat anyone already addicted to this drug. And for those who may be tempted to try heroin, think twice, because what you may actually be using could be Krokodil, find another high, or get high on life instead.

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© 2013 Rebecca


FullOfLoveSites from United States on November 26, 2013:

The woman doesn't seem to be alarmed when she shows her rotting arm, with bones exposed! It's quite scary... I wonder why people are addicted to drugs. Is it because it's cool? Or to go along with peers, even if it costs your life and limb? This is something I will never ever do. Sharing this to inform others. Thanks for posting.

Dianna Mendez on November 25, 2013:

I have not heard of this drug and its effects on people. It is quite scary. It is puzzling why people choose to destroy their lives in this fashion, but when you are addicted it is probably something you cannot pull away from easily. Great post!

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on November 25, 2013:

WOW, only an drug addict will choose to use this over keeping your flesh. One the other hand, at least we get to easily see those you are using this drug.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 24, 2013:

Krokodil the flesh eating drug aka Desomorphine, and Permonid wow! Those photos caught my eye and looks frightening. I learned lots from this informative hub.

JG11Bravo on November 23, 2013:

I watched a Vice on the subject this summer and it absolutely horrified me. It just goes to show you how desperate addicts can get if they're willing to risk that kind of mutilation.

Julie Grimes from Columbia, MO USA on November 23, 2013:

So incredibly scary... I cannot imagine hating myself to the point of not caring about me. Unbelievable really what this drug does and the fact that people are injecting it into their bodies. So so so gross.

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