True Life Horrors: The Russian Drug Krokodil
Well here’s a first for me at anythinghorror.com. I’m used to reporting on and reviewing any horror novel, movie, short film, etc … that comes my way, but I have yet to report on any of the real horrors that exist in the world. Well last week my buddy Brian W. texted me with the following:
The living dead officially exist in Russia. Oh my god. If you haven’t, and I have to assume that we would’ve talked about it if you had, google the effects of the drug “krokodil”. Make sure your kids aren’t around and you aren’t eating.
Well you know me; I immediately grabbed the old iPhone and looked up krokodil. Between what I read and the images and video that accompanied the articles, I was sick to my stomach. The drug krokodil has become the new drug of choice among heroin users in Russian (which has more heroin users than any other country; 2 million users in unoffical estimates) because it is much cheaper than heroin. According to the online news agency, The Independent (click here for complete article), krokodil 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 £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.
So what’s the ingredient list for making a homemade batch of krokodil? You’ll need codeine-based painkillers, iodine, lighter fluid, industrial cleaning oil, and a bunch of vials, syringes, and cooking implements to mix and cook the mixture. Are you getting where all this is going? People are cooking this shit up and then injecting it into themselves to get high. Now I’m no prude (god knows I haven’t been an angel all my life), but if iodine and industrial cleaning oil is on the ingredient list, I’m staying the hell away from it!!
The drug is called “krokodil” because injecting it turns the skin scaly … almost immediately. But that’s only the beginning. It doesn’t take long for that scaly skin to turn to rotting flesh that literally falls off your body. “Flesh,” the article reports, “goes grey and peels away to leave bones exposed. People literally rot to death.” Holy shit!! This is why Brian above said “the living dead officially exist in Russian”!! Krokodil gives the user the appearance of being a zombie. Oh what’s that? Ya wanna kick krokodil? Well the main symptoms of heroin withdrawal last 5-10 days. After that the pain goes away. With krokodil the pain can last up to a MONTH, and apparently the pain is unbearable. People kicking the drug need powerful tranquilizers just to keep them from passing out from the withdrawal pain. This is some nasty shit!!
Here are some videos of the effects of taking krokodil. But I must warn you all; these are real people and real videos and are NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!! I know I’ve posted some hideous and horrifying pictures and videos on anythinghorror.com, but these videos below are by far the worst. If you’re up to it, watch each video all the way through. The third video posted below is nothing short of horrifying … it’s truly one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever seen. These people are truly the living dead and it’s horrible what they’re doing to themselves. Just please be warned that if you’re sensitive to real life horrors, you may wanna skip these videos (especially the third one). One more time: The following videos are, to the best of my knowledge, documenting actual cases of people who have been using krokodil. These aren’t special f/x videos from some studio (though I wish they were). You have been warned again!!
You all know I’m not one to show the more sensationalistic news items (hell, this is in fact the first “real horror” I’ve ever done), but this is truly more horrifying than any film or any book I’ve ever seen or read. These videos (especially that last one) will haunt my dreams for a long time!!