Krokodil, or crocodile, the UK designer drug is increasing in abuse and may be coming to the U.S.
For those who haven’t brushed up on their Russian in while, it means crocodile. Termed for the ugly physical effects of the drug, those who use it result in their skin turning greenish, scaly and actually rotting away.
Added to the list of overseas-born drugs is now Desomorphine. First Synthesized in the U.S. as a derivative of morphine, the hopeful drug was found to have a shorter life span of 4 hours maximum than that of it’s main counterpart, Morphine. Therefore, it was basically neglected by the medical community until now.
Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia (an accurate excerpt) which states the make up and history of krokodil (crocodile drug).
Desomorphine attracted attention in 2010 in Russia due to an increase in clandestine production, presumably due to its relatively simple synthesis from codeine. The drug is easily made from codeine, iodine and red phosphorus, in a process similar to the manufacture of methamphetamine from pseudoephedrine, but desomorphine made this way is highly impure and contaminated with various toxic and corrosive byproducts. The street name in Russia for home-made desomorphine is “krokodil” (крокодил, crocodile), reportedly due to the scale-like appearance of skin of its users and the derivation from chlorocodide. Due to difficulties in procuring heroin combined with easy and cheap access to over-the-counter pharmacy products containing codeine in Russia, use of “krokodil” has been on the increase. Since the home-made mix is routinely injected immediately with little or no further purification, “krokodil” has become notorious for producing severe tissue damage, phlebitis and gangrene, sometimes requiring limb amputation in long-term users. The amount of tissue damage is so high that addicts’ life expectancies are said to be as low as two to three years.
Abuse of home-made desomorphine was first reported in Middle and eastern Siberia in 2002, but has since spread throughout Russia and the neighboring former Soviet republics. In October 2011, indications of “krokodil” use were found in Germany, with some media outlets claiming several dead users.
While crude amateur attempts to make krokodil will almost invariably still contain some remaining codeine as well as other, “accidentally produced” synthetic opioids, some of the krokodil produced also contains other drugs. For example, the codeine pills sold in Russia may also contain ingredients such as caffeine, paracetamol, or diphenhydramine (coincidentally an opioid potentiator), while chemicals such as tropicamide, found in over the counter eyedrops, may also be added to the mixture. 
-from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desomorphine
There isn’t a prominent drug that doesn’t make its way across the world. It’s the sad truth, and if you read this excerpt carefully, I’m sure you understand just how simple it is create this drug. It is bound to come to the U.S.
Some talk has already came up from the devastating the event that took place in Miami, Fl. Where Rudy Eugene was intercepted by officers while he was eating a homeless man’s face off. Rudy was alleged to have been under the influence of the crocodile drug.
In Russia, krokodil (crocodile drug) has become an attractive alternative to opiate abuse and heroin due to its high potency and incredibly cheap street value. Sound familiar? Heroin use amongst young people in the U.S. has never been higher.
The typical progression of opiate abuse amongst young Americans begins with pain pills such as oxycontin and Xanax. From there, young people turn to heroin. as it is a cheaper on the street than pharmaceuticals, and has a higher sense of euphoria. If the crocodile drug makes its way to the U.S., we may be in for another tragic epidemic amongst young people in America.
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