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Krokodil Crock: How Rumors Of A 'Flesh-Eating Zombie Drug' Swept The Nation
By now you probably have heard that krokodil, a nasty homemade version of the narcotic painkiller desomorphine, is starting to catch on in the United States. Having eaten its way through the flesh of myriad Russian opiate addicts, the caustic concoction—notorious for the ghastly side effects caused by its corrosive contaminants, including abscesses and gangrene—is reportedly burning its way through Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. “The monster has crossed the ocean,” Time declared last month.
“A lot of people want to call it a trend, but we’re not seeing it,” says Joseph Moses, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). None of the people who supposedly injected krokodil have tested positive for desomorphine, and neither have any of the putative krokodil samples analyzed by the DEA. In fact, Moses says, “I’m not aware of any forensic laboratory that has come up with a desomorphine sample.” Instead he sees “a lot of hype” and “a lot of gruesome imagery”—the obligatory pictures of Russian addicts displaying gaping wounds and rotting flesh.
The reporters sounding the alarm about this alleged Russian drug invasion are undeterred by the complete lack of toxicological evidence. Nor have they stopped to wonder why there would be a market for krokodil in the United States. Russian junkies turned to krokodil, which they made by mixing codeine with chemicals such as gasoline, red phosphorus, and hydrochloric acid, because heroin was scarce and codeine was available over the counter. Since neither of those conditions applies in the United States, where heroin is readily available and codeine requires a prescription, why would krokodil appeal to American drug users?
A lot of people want to call it a trend, but we’re not seeing it
reply to post by shaneslaughta
It's OTC up here. But it don't make sense though, why not just take the codiene orally, and not bother with all the gasoline and crap lol......
This is like chemistry 101 and the media failed so ridiculously with the issue. The issue is that people trying to synthesize it do not know how, do not have the proper equipment, should not be attempting to, are doing so illegally, and leave deadly reagents in it when they are finished.
I'm surprised big pharm has not lobbied for more powers when it comes to providing harm reduction drugs to people. As far as the drug in question, it would be relatively harmless (still highly addictive) if made by Merk, Pfizer or Abott, etc. But the drug itself does not eat people's flesh.
edit on 21-1-2014 by boncho because: (no reason given)
A few law suits later and millions strung out, the pharm compaines come out with subutex and methadone- which talking to patients on those medications they swear they are more addtive than their old drug of choice. Big pharma has a nice racket going: push the addictive drugs, take a small loss on being sued, and pushing a treatment that may be worse than the original substance the patient was on.