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What Is Krokodil & Why Do People Use It?

Krokodil made its first appearance in Russia in 2002. This relatively new drug has since spread throughout that country and the first reports of it reaching the United States appeared in the press in 2013. There are a number of substances that are both addictive and have the potential to cause serious physical damage to the body, but this one is in a league all its own.

About Krokodil

What Is Krokodil - Why Do People Use It - The Dunes OPKrokodil is also known by its medical name, desomorphine. Users and sellers manufacture it at home by taking codeine and cooking it with gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), lighter fluid and other ingredients. The highly dangerous and toxic liquid is then injected directly into a vein.

A Krokodil high lasts from an hour-and-a half to two hours. Mixing up a batch of the drug takes about a half hour. Addicts don’t do much other than get the ingredients, cook up batches, inject it, and then repeat the process.

Side Effects Of Krokodil Use

Using this drug causes the skin to turn a scaly, green color around the area where it has been injected. It takes its name from the Russian word for “crocodile.”

With repeated use, an addict will see smelly, infected sores, as well as ruptured blood vessels. The skin and muscle tissue will rot from the inside out. In extreme cases, bones can be seen through gaping holes in the skin.

Krokodil use can also cause permanent brain damage, which will result in both spastic movements and speech impediments. When combined with the skin symptoms, this side effect has led some people to call it the “zombie drug.”

Some krokodil users think that they have the means to filter the harmful chemicals out of the mixture before injecting it, leaving it relatively “safe. “ This is not the case. Even trace amounts of these chemicals in the bloodstream can cause hazardous damage to the body.

After Knowing All This, Why Do People Still Use Krokodil?

The main reason an addict would turn to krokodil is that it is very cheap compared to heroin. The ingredients to make a batch of krokodil can be obtained very easily.

Unfortunately, like heroin, getting off krokodil is very difficult. Once the high ends after about two hours, painful withdrawal symptoms start. They can last over a month, unlike heroin, whose withdrawal symptoms last about seven days.

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Sum 41 Singer Deryck Whibley’s Scary Road To Addiction Recovery

Deryck Whibley made his first public appearance following a month-long hospital stay prompted by a near fatal alcoholic episode. The appearance came just three days after a blog post outlining the circumstances leading to the collapse.

The 34-year-old singer was photographed walking hand in hand with his fiancée, Jocelyn Aguilar – appearing frail, but sober.

Whibley, the Sum 41 frontman and ex-husband of Avril Lavigne, posted an emotional entry on his blog explaining his recent hospital stay.

Deryck Whibley’s Hospital Stay

Sum 41 Singer Deryck Whibley’s Scary Road To Addiction Recovery

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“The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I’ve been doing over the years,” Whibley wrote. “It finally caught up to me. I was drinking hard every day. Until one night, I was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around midnight and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden I didn’t feel so good. I then collapsed to the ground unconscious.”

The singer was “stuck [with] needles and I.V.’s all over,” sedated for an entire week before waking up to see his parents standing over him, he said. Deryck has dedicated himself to addiction recovery and is inspired to get back into the studio and tour.

Tales of celebrity drug and alcohol abuse are commonplace. Fortunately, in Deryck’s case, it appears the worst is behind him.

Scared Straight

After being told his kidneys and liver had collapsed, Deryck Whibley stated to, “Needless to say it scared me straight. I finally realized I can’t drink anymore. If I have one drink the doc’s say I will die,”

Whibley mentioned on his site, “Anyway I have my passion and inspiration back for writing music. I already have a few song ideas for new songs. Soon it will be time to start making an album and getting back to touring again.”

Deryck’s admission promoted well wishes from friends and fans throughout the world, including ex-wife Avril Lavigne. “I am so proud of him,” she Tweeted. “He is family to me an always will be.”

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