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Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
03-22-2012, 10:47 AM,
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Video  Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
This epidemic piggybacking off of a massive influx of Heroin has virtually wiped out a generation of Russians leaving them open for a opportune resource harvest.

Drugs are among the biggest issues facing the world today. Tearing apart families, financing the cartels (criminal and 'legit') and destroying the the essence of human will of humanity very directly.

Each region has their own drug issues and I'd be remiss to exclude the digital drugs of video games, peep shows, bineural beats and gambling. Meth, Crack, Cocaine, Alchohol, Ciggys , Heroin, Oxy, Methadone .. pick your poison .. but this pandemic issue of Krokodil in Russia is among the most disturbing and has flown under the radar far too long to be ignored any longer.

Quote:Krokodil takes toll on Russian addicts


Transcript only Video is available at the source link.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 27/09/2011

Reporter: Norman Hermant

In Russia a home-grown drug called krokodil is cheaper and more addictive than heroin and taking a terrible toll among many of the country's estimated two million addicts.
Transcript
ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: In Russia, the scale of illegal drug use is staggering.

The country has an estimated two million addicts.

Now it's facing an insidious new threat - it is a homemade drug users call krokodil.

It's cheaper than heroin and more addictive, and it's taking a terrible toll in Russia's vast regions.

Moscow correspondent Norman Hermant sent this report for Lateline. And a warning: the story contains some disturbing images.

NORMAN HERMANT, REPORTER: For Ivan, life in the industrial city of Tolyatti has been stripped to its bare essentials: making a cheap and deadly drug by adding an acid to spark a reaction; by grinding phosphorus into a fine powder, and heating: by carefully pouring and measuring. He knows this process very well. He often does little else.

IVAN, KROKODIL ADDICT (translated): Sometimes I might do this five times a day, sometimes only once.

NORMAN HERMANT: Ivan is cooking a drug called desomorphine, better known in these parts as "crocodile", or "krokodil" in Russian.

A visit to the local tuberculosis ward gives a glimpse of krokodil's devastating impact. More than 30 per cent of the patients here are HIV positive, most due to injecting krokodil with contaminated needles.

Both Oksana and Irina are addicts, and Irina in particular bears the gruesome marks of krokodil's damage to human flesh. When it's injected, krokodil eats away at the skin, creating a scaly surface and inspiring the drug's name.

"Horror and disgust," she says, when asked about her reaction. "I detest myself." She has been an addict for two years, and tuberculosis is just one of several krokodil-related medical problems.

IRINA, KROKODIL ADDICT (translated): It acts like a catalyst for all internal diseases. If you have bad lungs, it makes them worse. If it's your liver, then it's your liver that's affected. It eats you up from the inside.

NORMAN HERMANT: Oksana starting doing the drug four years ago, and lost her right eye due to complications from HIV. "At least she is still alive," she says. Many of her friends aren't.

OKSANA, KROKODIL ADDICT (translated): You see that and you think, "I'll be next." It was a shock to find myself in this situation, and I still haven't got out of it.

NORMAN HERMANT: Tolyatti is a sprawling, grim city of 700,000 people near the Ural Mountains. This is the home of Lada cars.

The brand's owner, AvtoVAZ, still employs 70,000 workers here, but tens of thousands of jobs have been cut and poverty is everywhere.

Tanya Kochetkova is a social worker who has watched the toll krokodil has taken on this city, and on thousands of addicts.

TANYA KOCHETKOVA, SOCIAL WORKER (translated): A desomorphine-addicted person is totally consumed by the process of cooking the drug. It's completely different to heroin, which you can take in a couple of minutes and then leave.

NORMAN HERMANT: Ivan is an example of the endless cycle. After 30 minutes of cooking, the components - including iodine, and even petrol - emerge as a drug.

Like many addicts, he avoids injecting in his arms to try to conceal his drug use. He chooses a more discreet location. He will experience a high lasting from 30 to 90 minutes, then the process will start again.

IVAN (translated): I would like to quit. I wish we had the drug replacement therapy like in other countries.

NORMAN HERMANT: A big part of the attraction of the drug Ivan has just made is price. In this part of Russia, a hit of heroin can cost up to $100.

Krokodil is prepared for one tenth of the cost, and the main ingredient is codeine from headache pills obtained from pharmacies. In all, a batch - like the one Ivan just made - can be had for about $10.

The colonel who heads the federal anti-drug service in the region admits krokodil is a scourge - not just here, but all over Russia. His department hands out videos of officers intercepting cars trafficking the drug, and images of addicts that have been arrested with graphic evidence of the damage krokodil can do. But the drug continues to spread.

EVGENIY BERYOZKIN, FEDERAL ANTI-DRUG SERVICE (translated): It's a cheap drug with pretty much the same effect as heroin, but at a much lower price. That's why krokodil is becoming more and more popular.

NORMAN HERMANT: At the local drug treatment clinic they are overwhelmed. Russia has an estimated two million drug addicts, and it's believed 100,000 or more are on homemade drugs like krokodil. Doctors say it's tougher to quit and it's quicker to kill.

SERGEI MIKHAILOV, TOLYATTI DRUG TREATMENT CENTRE: The problem is that the addicts are going downhill much faster. Heroin addicts can last from five to seven years. With desomorphine it's two to four years, no more.

NORMAN HERMANT: Olga Kosova's son was one of krokodil's early victims. Home from the army with no job and few prospects, he became an addict.

OLGA KOSOVA, MOTHER OF KROKODIL VICTIM (translated): I still cry every day. I miss him.

NORMAN HERMANT: She watched her son die at home. She says the hospital turned him away, telling her treating him would have been a waste of time.

OLGA KOSOVA (translated): It's impossible to help them. What good are tears or prayers? There is no remedy against this.

NORMAN HERMANT: Back at the drug clinic, Alexander hopes he won't suffer the same fate. He bears the marks of an addiction that, so far, he cannot beat.

ALEXANDER, KROKODIL ADDICT (translated): My life has been turned upside down. Once I learnt how to do it myself, I couldn't stop. It took all my strength to come here to the clinic. It's so hard to stop.

NORMAN HERMANT: In this hidden krokodil epidemic, in cities across Russia, there are many like him.
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3327285.htm

There is a war on drugs. It is very real. How will you avoid/counter/combat it when it stalks up to your front door.

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03-22-2012, 07:02 PM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
Interesting. Thanks.

I had never heard of this drug. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desomorphine

Quote:" The drug is easily made from codeine, iodine and red phosphorus, in a process similar to the manufacture of methamphetamine "

1. Make life in modern industrial societies so ugly and soul-crushing that workers desire to escape it via intoxication.

2. Make the only intoxicants the workers can acquire as addictive and lethal as possible.

Some people say elites somehow derive sustenance from the negative energy from the human misery they produce. I'm skeptical of that thesis, but it sure would explain a lot.
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03-22-2012, 07:56 PM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
Quote:Some people say elites somehow derive sustenance from the negative energy from the human misery they produce. I'm skeptical of that thesis, but it sure would explain a lot.

Sounds similar to the plot of Monsters Inc. where they harvest energy from fear.

Quote:Make the only intoxicants the workers can acquire as addictive and lethal as possible.

That fits with meth too but did moreso until they controlled that substance in Sudafed but it still gets done gopher style.
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03-23-2012, 11:45 PM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
Oxycontin is a big hit and also rumored to be synthetic heroin. http://narconon.ca/blog/drug-addiction/oxycontin-vs-heroin.html

I've been wondering what the elites get out of creating so much pain and misery as well.
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03-23-2012, 11:55 PM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
(03-23-2012, 11:45 PM)icosaface Wrote: Oxycontin is a big hit and also rumored to be synthetic heroin. http://narconon.ca/blog/drug-addiction/oxycontin-vs-heroin.html

I've been wondering what the elites get out of creating so much pain and misery as well.

Oxycontin and others like oxycodone are synthetic opiates and ARE synthetic analogs to heroin, morphine and opium. Almost exactly the same effects as the real thing along with almost exactly the same addition potential.
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03-24-2012, 12:13 AM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
Opium poppies are also a blessing let's not forget
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03-24-2012, 03:45 PM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
(03-24-2012, 12:13 AM)Frank2 Wrote: Opium poppies are also a blessing let's not forget

The danger of frost has passed, so I'm planting my spring crop this afternoon.

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03-24-2012, 04:02 PM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
Quote:Opium poppies are also a blessing let's not forget

Yeah, lest we forget..

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03-24-2012, 05:53 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-24-2012, 05:59 PM by Frank2.)
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
Morphine was first introduced as an anaesthetic during the American civil war, before that wounded soldiers would undergo battlefield amputations with no pain relief available apart from a piece of wood to bite on. In fact, without the discovery of morphine, modern medicine would not exist.


(03-24-2012, 03:45 PM)CharliePrime Wrote:
(03-24-2012, 12:13 AM)Frank2 Wrote: Opium poppies are also a blessing let's not forget

The danger of frost has passed, so I'm planting my spring crop this afternoon.

SWIM has some tiny cabbages on the windowsill but already mites are at them like hell Sad

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03-30-2012, 04:48 PM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
Found this 25 minute in-the-trenches documentary on the topic up on VICE.

Quote:Siberia: Krokodil Tears - Full Length
Hosted by VICE News 4 months ago

Russia is the biggest consumer of heroin in the world. The Siberian town of Novokuznetsk lies on the Kazakhstan border, the area hit hardest by the country's heroin problem. We visit the hub of the heroin trade, see religious cults disguised as rehab centers, and witness the effects of a bootleg drug called Krokodil, which eats its users from the inside out.
http://www.vice.com/en_ca/vice-news/siberia-krokodil-tears-full-length

h/t to SiLvA ;)
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03-31-2012, 03:35 AM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
(03-30-2012, 04:48 PM)FastTadpole Wrote: http://www.vice.com/en_ca/vice-news/siberia-krokodil-tears-full-length

WARNING: Do not watch this unless you are willing to see rotting flesh on living people!

That "drug" is easily the worst ever. It's in its own category! It literally rots the flesh off people. How could a drug be worse than that?

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03-31-2012, 11:21 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-31-2012, 11:24 PM by sitra11ahra.)
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I noticed that when the reporter goes to the one christian teen program she says, "I think this is a cult." I dont see how people praying in a group constitutes a cult. She also says that a number of the private rehabs end up being fronts for cults. Im just wondering if her definition of cult would be the same as the orthodox priest's definition which is anything that isnt eastern orthodox. And on top of that I dont see why it matters if people trade in a deadly addiction for an intense religious faith as long as theyre not hurting themselves or anyone else in the process. I suffered with addiction since my early teens and turned to IV drug use in my early twenties. I have 9 felony arrests and one conviction and have spent two years incarcerated. Im clean now but I wouldnt be if it wasnt for religiously based rehabilitation programs. I bet an outsider walking into AA or a salvation army program would immediately think of it as being semi cultish but that doesnt make it so. People dont realize that the only method of combating addiction thats ever come close to being successful is replacing the one addiction for another less harmful one. Being an addict involves much more than just using a substance repeatedly. A lifestyle begins to develop around the drug. Finding a hustle to make money, buying the drug and maintaining a good connect, finding shelter and transport and food with leftover funds, all this becomes part of the addiction and sometimes it takes years to develop into a full grown monster. The only way (at least from what I've seen) to combat it is to completely swap out the addiction based lifestyle for a recovery based one and for many people the only way to do this is to incorporate some sort of god or divine purpose into the mix. If it's that or suicidal addiction and you dont have a better approach then you're not really in a position to criticize based on naive observations. No one on this forum is obviously doing that, but I have seen it done and I dont believe the reporter was right in doing so. sorry for the rant
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03-31-2012, 11:23 PM,
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RE: Synthetic Homegrown Poor Mans' Heroin dubbed Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts

What's interesting is Russia is now stealing the supply of AFGHANI opiates that previously was 99% heading out to Western Euro countries, of which the UK was an even bigger market than Holland.

This can be seen in W.European quality [DOWN] and pricing [UP] statistics.

Logically - this may reduce the market for stuff like Krokodil [yes I watched it a while back] - but there again, you never know with Russia - before Krokodil - they were brewing a weird mix of cheap alcohol and poppy straw mush and shooting that... they sure like to experiment out there in post communist Russia.
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