Krokodil – The flesh rotting “Zombie” Drug – (NSFW – Graphic Images)

Drug Krokodil hits NYC's famed Meatpacking District So called "designer drugs" have typically surfaced in the NYC night club scene (and abroad), but an alarming new drug called "krokodil" has gotten major attention due to it's inexpensive, highly addictive and flesh eating potency.  Krokodil which is Russian for crocodile, combines codeine with lighter fluid or gasoline along with other toxic chemicals such as paint thinner and red phosphorous to create a deadly drug "contaminated with various toxic and corrosive byproducts."  Once injected, the homemade heroin alternative quickly enters the system with an effect up to 10 times more potent than morphine. The result even after minimal usage causes the skin to turn greenish-yellow like a crocodile and eventually rot, harden and fall off as the drug eats away at the users flesh.  It's also referred to as the "zombie" drug since the rotted flesh often exposes the bones, muscles and tissues of the infected area.  Once this occurs, the user becomes more susceptible to gangrene as the infected areas rapidly deteriorate.  Other reports note that some users who survived the flesh eating attack develop speech impediments and motor skill problems since severe brain damage has been linked to the drug.

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The gruesome drug believed to originate in Russia in 2003 was thought to be contained in Eastern Europe, but further evidence shows it has spread state-side affecting users in Arizona, Illinois and Oklahoma.  To date, these affected users have since died or undergoing serious treatment at hospitals.  In 2011 Vice (Watch the full length documentary - http://www.vice.com/vice-news/siberia-krokodil-tears-full-length) exposed the world to it through it's documentary "Krokodil Tears" which shows impoverished users in the Siberian slums making the homemade heroin and it's ravaging effects to the body as it eats the users from the inside out. In New York City, reports of krokodil have also surfaced in the night club scene as witnessed by clubgoer, Sal Ramirez. In a recent interview with The Verge (theverge.com), "Sal Ramirez, who witnessed krokodil being used while serving in the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, says he saw a man being thrown out of Le Bain, one of New York’s hottest clubs, after attempting to peddle krokodil. Ramirez was also directly approached by a dealer at another club, Westway, who tried to sell him krokodil and 'clean syringes' in the bathroom." Sal warns that "if more people knew that the reason it’s called krokodil is because of the effect it has on you, I think they wouldn’t be using it."

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After seeing and reading more about the krokodil drug it's apparent that it's accessibility and potency are a major factor in it's popularity.  However, the horrible flesh eating effects are like no other we've ever seen.  Although most U.S. doctors and hospitals haven't encountered the drug, we can only hope the spread is contained and people are smart enough to stay far away from the zombie drug. Give us your thoughts on the krokodil drug.  Have you ever heard about it in the New York club scene?