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Guevara
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(06-22-2011, 06:51 PM)
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The average user of krokodil, a dirty cousin of morphine that is spreading like a virus among Russian youth, does not live longer than two or three years, and the few who manage to quit usually come away disfigured.
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The active component is codeine, a widely sold over-the-counter painkiller that is not toxic on its own. But to produce krokodil, whose medical name is desomorphine, addicts mix it with ingredients including gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous, which they scrape from the striking pads on matchboxes. In 2010, between a few hundred thousand and a million people, according to various official estimates, were injecting the resulting substance into their veins in Russia, so far the only country in the world to see the drug grow into an epidemic.
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The "rotting" explains the drug's nickname. At the injection site, which can be anywhere from the feet to the forehead, the addict's skin becomes greenish and scaly, like a crocodile's, as blood vessels burst and the surrounding tissue dies. Gangrene and amputations are a common result, while porous bone tissue, especially in the lower jaw, often starts to dissipate, eaten up by the drug's acidity.

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Russia has more heroin users than any other country in the world up to two million, according to unofficial estimates. For most, their lot is a life of crime, stints in prison, probable contraction of HIV and hepatitis C, and an early death. As efforts to stem the flow of Afghan heroin into Russia bring some limited success, and the street price of the drug goes up, for those addicts who can't afford their next hit, an even more terrifying spectre has raised its head.

The home-made drug that Oleg and Sasha inject is known as krokodil, or "crocodile". It is desomorphine, a synthetic opiate many times more powerful than heroin that is created from a complex chain of mixing and chemical reactions, which the addicts perform from memory several times a day. While heroin costs from 20 to 60 per dose, desomorphine can be "cooked" from codeine-based headache pills that cost 2 per pack, and other household ingredients available cheaply from the markets.

It is a drug for the poor, and its effects are horrific. It was given its reptilian name because its poisonous ingredients quickly turn the skin scaly. Worse follows. Oleg and Sasha have not been using for long, but Oleg has rotting sores on the back of his neck.

"If you miss the vein, that's an abscess straight away," says Sasha. Essentially, they are injecting poison directly into their flesh. One of their friends, in a neighbouring apartment block, is further down the line.

"She won't go to hospital, she just keeps injecting. Her flesh is falling off and she can hardly move anymore," says Sasha. Photographs of late-stage krokodil addicts are disturbing in the extreme. Flesh goes grey and peels away to leave bones exposed. People literally rot to death.

Russian heroin addicts first discovered how to make krokodil around four years ago, and there has been a steady rise in consumption, with a sudden peak in recent months. "Over the past five years, sales of codeine-based tablets have grown by dozens of times," says Viktor Ivanov, the head of Russia's Drug Control Agency. "It's pretty obvious that it's not because everyone has suddenly developed headaches."

Heroin addiction kills 30,000 people per year in Russia a third of global deaths from the drug but now there is the added problem of krokodil. Mr Ivanov recalled a recent visit to a drug-treatment centre in Western Siberia. "They told me that two years ago almost all their drug users used heroin," said the drugs tsar. "Now, more than half of them are on desomorphine."

He estimates that overall, around 5 per cent of Russian drug users are on krokodil and other home-made drugs, which works out at about 100,000 people. It's a huge, hidden epidemic worse in the really isolated parts of Russia where supplies of heroin are patchy but palpable even in cities such as Tver.

The Independent

There are some easily googleable images of the longterm effects of Krokodil, some of them look fake but they are all incredibly disturbing.
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sooperkool
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(06-22-2011, 06:52 PM)
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We're not too far off from zombies.
Souldriver
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(06-22-2011, 06:53 PM)
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Holy shit at the content!

addicts mix it with ingredients including gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous, which they scrape from the striking pads on matchboxes

It's like they were purposefully trying to find all possible toxins available in everyday life, and mix them together.
WillyFive
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(06-22-2011, 06:53 PM)
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Sounds like a good origin story for mutant superheroes.
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(06-22-2011, 06:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by Willy105

Sounds like a good origin story for mutant superheroes.

sixteen-bit
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(06-22-2011, 06:54 PM)
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Drugs are bad.
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(06-22-2011, 06:54 PM)
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including gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous



what a bunch of dumbasses.
Lead Based Paint
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(06-22-2011, 06:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by _dementia

Drugs are bad.

Stop drinking Coffee!
soul creator
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at 9 you're f*cked
at 8 you're a sucker
at 7 a motherf*cker
(06-22-2011, 06:56 PM)
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amazing name
How About No
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(06-22-2011, 06:56 PM)
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Are you fucking kidding me? Kids are damn stupid.
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(06-22-2011, 06:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by sooperkool

We're not too far off from zombies.

Came in here to post something like this. Chilling.
Void Insanity
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(06-22-2011, 06:56 PM)
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So why the fuck are they injecting themselves with this stuff exactly? Other drugs I can understand but what the hell is the perk from injecting this? Do you grow a mutant vagina in your hand or something?
Mastadon
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(06-22-2011, 06:57 PM)
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Wtf is wrong with people? Awesome name though :lol
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Momo
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Originally Posted by Mastadon

Wtf is wrong with people? Awesome name though :lol


Krokodil means Crocodile in Afrikaans just FYI
Clydefrog
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(06-22-2011, 06:58 PM)
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Humans are so smart!
Zamorro
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(06-22-2011, 06:58 PM)
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Something is rotten in the state of Russia.
Souldriver
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(06-22-2011, 06:59 PM)
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Originally Posted by Momo

Krokodil means Alligator in Afrikaans just FYI

... It means Crocodile... unless I'm missing a joke.
Zenith
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(06-22-2011, 06:59 PM)
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"If you miss the vein, that's an abscess straight away,"

People become full-time krokodil addicts, giving them a life expectancy of less than a year.

yummy.
Momo
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Originally Posted by Souldriver

... It means Crocodile... unless I'm missing a joke.

Yeah i corrected myself, I am unable to tell the difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile and always use the names interchangeably, fuck if I care lol
entrement
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(06-22-2011, 07:01 PM)
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People love finding new ways to get high.
fuzzyreactor
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(06-22-2011, 07:01 PM)
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joke thread?
Filth
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(06-22-2011, 07:02 PM)
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Originally Posted by Void Insanity

So why the fuck are they injecting themselves with this stuff exactly? Other drugs I can understand but what the hell is the perk from injecting this? Do you grow a mutant vagina in your hand or something?


they cant afford heroin because it became expensive. so they use this which is much much cheaper and it gives them if not the same a stronger high.
cloudwalking
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(06-22-2011, 07:02 PM)
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Originally Posted by Momo

Krokodil means Crocodile in Afrikaans just FYI

surprisingly enough, it also means crocodile in russian!
Kobiekun
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(06-22-2011, 07:02 PM)
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Not for the faint of heart:

Disturbing video of users
Mama Robotnik
(06-22-2011, 07:03 PM)
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Glad I'm not the only one who thought that this will lead to the undead.
Momo
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Originally Posted by cloudwalking

surprisingly enough, it also means crocodile in russian!

Afrikaans is a strange language that sources from a number of others, I never could get used to it :I
Antagon
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(06-22-2011, 07:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by SuperJ

Distubing video of users

Edit: took it out. this shit is just too fucked up.
Last edited by Antagon; 06-22-2011 at 07:14 PM.
Meus Renaissance
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(06-22-2011, 07:04 PM)
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Since when did drug users/addicts care about the impact these harmful compounds would have on their body? Feelsgoodman.jog
fuzzyreactor
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(06-22-2011, 07:04 PM)
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Originally Posted by SuperJ

Not for the faint of heart:

Disturbing video of users

WHAT THE FUCK
Tence
(06-22-2011, 07:04 PM)
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Originally Posted by Momo

Yeah i corrected myself, I am unable to tell the difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile and always use the names interchangeably, fuck if I care lol

Kurtofan
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(06-22-2011, 07:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by Momo

Krokodil means Crocodile in Afrikaans just FYI

Krokodil means Crocodile in a lot of languages.
It comes from Ancient Greek crocodilos.
Boozeroony
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(06-22-2011, 07:06 PM)
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So it is basically just a long way to kill yourself. Committing suicide doesn't need to last a year, you know.
Filth
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(06-22-2011, 07:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by SuperJ

Not for the faint of heart:

Disturbing video of users



FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
fuzzyreactor
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(06-22-2011, 07:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by Antagon

If you think that's bad, look up Коаксил on youtube. That one's so fucked up that it almost has to be a hoax.

i hate you. his fucking leg fell off


how, how....
Fourman
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(06-22-2011, 07:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by SuperJ

Not for the faint of heart:

Disturbing video of users


Holy shit. That last scene with the woman's arm, that is just fucked up.
FunkyPajamas
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(06-22-2011, 07:06 PM)
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In Soviet Russia, drug consumes you!
Tence
(06-22-2011, 07:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kurtofan

Krokodil means Crocodile in a lot of languages.

Yeah and I bet the Afrikaner took it from the Dutch word for crocodile.... which is krokodil :P
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(06-22-2011, 07:08 PM)
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Originally Posted by SuperJ

Not for the faint of heart:

Disturbing video of users

Oh man, I wasn't prepared.
dave is ok
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(06-22-2011, 07:08 PM)
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I don't get problems like this. It's so easy to stop this by taking codeine off the market but greed of pharmaceutical companies gets in the way and then you end up with increased crime and more addicts and disease.
Antagon
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(06-22-2011, 07:08 PM)
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Originally Posted by fuzzyreactor

i hate you. his fucking leg fell off


how, how....

Damn... Warned about it. Actually clicked away myself when I skipped through the vid and saw half his bone exposed so didn't see that part.
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Momo
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Originally Posted by Tence

Same shit to me, although the Krokodil looks distinctly scarier *hides*
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(06-22-2011, 07:10 PM)
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Originally Posted by Antagon

If you think that's bad, look up Коаксил on youtube. That one's so fucked up that it almost has to be a hoax.


ARHRARARRHGHGHGHGHGHG FUCCKFF NOOOOOOOO WTF?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Atramental
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(06-22-2011, 07:10 PM)

gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous

Human stupidity knows no bounds.
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(06-22-2011, 07:11 PM)
Wow, just saw a couple of images of this. Insane. I can't believe people do that to themselves.
Kaako
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Originally Posted by SuperJ

Not for the faint of heart:

Disturbing video of users

O ma word, why did I click...
That shit is nasty.
Fixed1979
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(06-22-2011, 07:11 PM)
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This is so extreme it's hard to believe...completely fucked.
water_wendi
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(06-22-2011, 07:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by Atramental

Human stupidity knows no bounds.

Seems more like human ingenuity to me.

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