Thursday, October 24, 2013

KROKODIL KILLS

Last month three people died in Illinois from the deadly street drug Krokodil. For that reason, I am taking the time to educate the readers on this unusual drug. First, it is a street drug from Russia. The parent molecule is Desomorphine which is a morphine derivative. The dealers combine codeine and iodine and phosphorus into a powder and then take it to the street to sell. Not many folks in Russia or the Ukraine die, and the reason why is simple. When Krokodil gets stateside dealers want to make more money and include additives such as lighter fluid, paint thinner and a host of other substances which are lethal. The drug causes gangrene after the skin becomes scaley and turns a greenish hue. Limbs are often necrotic and need to be amputated. Death is a real possibility. In addition, some codeine may contain Diphenhydramine which potentiates opioids. The feeling lasts about and hour and a half, withdrawal begins immediately, and this is a sure way to play Russian Roulette with life. Although I rarely say 'Don't use drugs', this is one time when I highly recommend you stay away from this substance for two reasons: First, why give drug dealers a way to make more money? And second, why take the risk involved for an hour and a half of questionable pleasure, unless you have a death wish!

8 comments:

Randall Webber said...
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Randall Webber said...

I'm the owner of the linkedin.com "Emerging Drugs of Abuse" discussion group with more than 2500 members in the US and 44 other countries, and not one of us believes these stories are valid. If you know of any analytic proof (blood, urine, etc.)that desomorphine is or has been in the bodies of the "krokodil" victims, or that any drug sample in the US has ben shown to contain desomorphine, please post it here and contact the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute on Drug Abuse and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Glenn Duncan said...
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Glenn Duncan said...

I am just curious as to why you deleted 2 messages from your blog. It give the appearance that your blog is not a place for open dialogue and that you are just trying to control the content.

It appears you followed the hype that Krokodil has hit the American shores when there is no evidence that it has done so.

I believe that our profession holds a high standard to make sure something exists before making posts about its existence.

Randall Webber said...

My fault. I made typos in the first two and reposted them to find that they contained errors as well. Clearly I should have let the errors stand.

Randall Webber said...

I should also say that this isn't not my blog. I don't whose it is; I was just posting a comment on the blog owners story. I would never have published anything like what s/he wrote.

Randall Webber said...

More skepticism that the krokodil reports in the US have any basis in reality.

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section%2F-1%2Farticle%2Fp2p-77933003%2F