It is amazing to me what people will do to get high. I know addiction is a terrible thing and I’m not about to make light of that and the suffering addiction causes, but I have to wonder, though, just how desperate are people to get high? Remember a little over a year ago when people were losing their minds over bath salts? We had naked people roaming the streets, trying to eat other people, for crying out loud! Why people would want to take something that messed with their minds that much is beyond me. The big thing this year, though, is enough to look back at the bath salts craze and wish for the good old days. Now there’s krokodil.
To be fair, krokodil, also known as desomorphine, isn’t a new drug. It’s been a thing in Russia, where it originated, for a few years now. Back in 2010, it was reported that up to a million people had taken the drug. Since then, it has spread through Europe and now, with two reported cases in the past week coming out of Arizona, it appears that krokodil has hit US shores.
So what’s the big deal with this krokodil stuff? Well, first of all it’s a cheap, do-it-yourself drug that can be made by combining codine with such things as iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid, etc. It gives a high similar to heroin, but costs as much as 20 times less and is said to be more addictive. All of these make it very popular to an addict on a tight budget. Still no amount of frugality can justify using this stuff, since:
1. the average krokodil addict can look forward to having his/her life span cut to about two to three short years after they start taking it.
2. Krokodil is Russian for crocodile which is how the sores on your skin look after users start injecting the drug. See? Even the name warns you this stuff is bad.
3. (And this is the clincher) it makes your flesh rot and fall off the bone! I’ll repeat…
IT MAKES YOUR FLESH ROT AND FALL OFF!!!
What!?! Why would anyone..?!
As stated, the drug is injected. After combining the ingredients I mentioned earlier, users believe that all they have to do is filter and boil it to remove its impurities. Of course, it’s no surprise they’re dumb enough to believe that since they are obviously dumb enough to put something like that into their systems in the first place. In other words, no, boiling it won’t make it safer.
Kids, don’t do drugs. I know I’m coming off like a cheesy Saturday morning cartoon for saying this, but drugs are stupid and krokodil is the epitome of stupid. Don’t be stupid.