Cheap New Street Drug From Russia Eats Flesh And Is Now Here to Stay
Written by Craig Rogers, in Section Teen Paths
Once a drug has arrived, it's typically pretty hard to get rid of it. That's why authorities are so troubled by the sudden appearance of a new drug called Krokodil. It got its name because when a user injects it, the drug begins to rot the skin and tissue from the inside out. The images associated with this drug are horrifying and, frankly, gut-wrenching. However, they are a real testament to the danger that is Krokodil.
The drug is an opioid that mixes codeine with gasoline, paint thinner, oil, and other hydrocarbons. What it lacks in quality, it more than makes up for in value. One of the main reasons that it's so popular is because it typically costs about one-twentieth the price of heroin. So, apparently, some drug users are ok with the fact that this drug will literally dissolve their flesh, and exposing their bones, musculature, and circulatory system - all for the low, low price of a cheap, highly addictive, life destroying high.
If the appeal of this drug is not evidence of the fact that addiction is a disease that can only be cured through treatment, I don't know what is.
The drug first showed up in the US in Arizona, a state that is dealing with all manner of drug problems at the moment. It's expected to spread from there (and has, rather rapidly.)
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The active drug is called meso morphine, and it was discovered in the US in 1930 when researchers were trying to find a less addictive form of morphine and heroin. It turned out that this drug was significantly more addictive. Luckily for us, it disappeared from the US fairly quickly. However, now that it is back, it's time to take it seriously as a threat to our young people.
The fact is that our teens and young adults are facing a moment of crisis and they may not be able to help themselves when it becomes necessary to do so. There are a variety of gateway drugs out there that could lead a young person down a dangerous path.
Most people who use heroin don't know how dangerous it is. They believe that they won't be addicted. It's like the old commercial says, "Nobody says 'I want to be a junkie when I grow up.'" And yet, here we are, with worse drugs every year, from bath salts to krokodil.
If you know a teenager or young adult who is currently struggling with substance abuse, don't assume that it's a passing phase. You need to find help for them while you still can. This is serious, sad, potentially tragic business. Call WinGate Wilderness Therapy at 800-560-1599 if your child struggles with substance abuse.