Just when you thought bath salts were the worst thing out there, a new Russian drug, Krokodil, leaves its users with a one-year life expectancy. WARNING: Graphic photos and video.

Krokodil, or “crocodile drug,” is also known as Desomorphine and leaves its users with scaly, green skin, rotting flesh, and 40-degree body temperatures. It’s made from ingredients including gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous, which is found on the striking pads of matchboxes. It’s said to be ten times harsher than heroine, three times cheaper, and can be made in an hour.

Krokodil rots the flesh and skin of its users, usually beginning at the injection site. If a user survives the drug, he or she is often left scarred or damaged for life. Some users die of blood poisoning, some die of illness their bodies can’t fight off, like pneumonia, but most rot to death.

It was first found in Russian in 2002 and since then has slowly moved to connecting countries. However, the area right outside of Moscow is inundated with it.

Warning -  video below is graphic

 

UPDATE: Krokodil has now entered the United States. See this news story from Arizona.
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