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Krokodil in the U.S.: What Was Not Here Yet is Now a Threat

Krokodil Comes Close to Home in the U.S.

Overcoming addiction is not what it once was, and the warriors on the crusade to save lives have a battle that seems impossible at times. Where there was once time for professionals and loved ones to reach the active addict before all hope was lost, there is little to none. Historically, users of various illegal drugs could survive much longer on their path of addiction. It could take years of built-up abuse for fatal consequences to take place. Today, that could not be further from the truth.
Krokodil has been debated as an immediate threat, until now. There is no more question, it has made it’s way to the U.S. Like the the deadly combination of fentanyl and heroin sweeping the nation, Krokodil is a mix of deadly drugs, posing a new, unimaginable threat. Krokodil is made of codeine, paint thinner, gasoline, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous from matchbox strike pads. The name was founded from the green and black scales that replace a users’ healthy skin after use. The growth of this street drug began in Russia, as heroin addicts discovered that the high was faster and the cost was less. For years, the threat of this drug coming to the states seemed minimal, but recent reports have changed that.

Those Who Wonder if It Can Kill Will Find That It Definitely Will

Beginning in 2013, reports of use in the states surfaced in Chicago suburbs, and they were soon joined by findings in Oklahoma and Arizona. One of the patients treated had lost large portions of her legs due to the extensive damage it causes to the veins and soft tissues. Made from poisonous gases, the drug clumps in the veins, carrying it on a path to various body parts for further deterioration. It’s adolescence in the US make it difficult to pinpoint and track. However, this “zombie drug” as they call it is hard to miss when you are educated on it. The exterior consequences are like no other drug, and the aroma of gasoline on a user is hard to turn a blind eye to.
Jacksonville, FL reported the most recent case of this deadly drug in June. The lifespan of the high is short lived. Typically, the shorter the high, the more addictive the drug. Unfortunately, the life span of someone using Krokodil is between one and two years, so we don’t have long to intervene and saves lives here. The progression of new street drugs, means we have to stay on our toes and be ready for anything. There can be no complacency is training and awareness of drug abuse in all forms if we want to guarantee our staff is ready to deal with all forms of addiction. Ignorance is definitely not bliss when it comes to drug abuse. In fact, it’s deadly.
Royal Life Centers trains our employees to never underestimate the power and danger of any substance. We also ensure that they sit in a place of no judgment and absolute acceptance of every client and their story. This is how we confidently assure the best treatment and care. We are focused on reformation and recovery for heroin addicts because we don’t want to see them back from being subjective to this sister substance. If you are ready to end the battle, call us today and be awarded the first day of the rest of your life. Call us now at (877)-RECOVERY.


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