Horrifying images show the effects of a highly dangerous flesh-eating substance known as Krokodil, which is set to infiltrate the streets of Britain as desperate addicts can purchase it for a tenth of the price of heroin.
The number of people in the UK suffering with Krokodil addiction is already on the rise, leaving them with rotting flesh and pus-filled wounds.
The drug is widely used in Russia and Ukraine and has crossed overseas, cropping up in Illinois and Arizona in the US back in 2013.
Krokodil, which is more powerful than heroin, is easily accessible and can be made for just a few pounds from a mixture of supermarket products including painkillers and lighter fluid.
Horrifying pictures show the effects of a highly dangerous flesh-eating substance known as Krokodil
From the point when an addict first takes the deadly drug, their life expectancy drops to just over two years, doctors estimate.
Krodile users who inject the substence can suffer horrifying symptoms such as their blood vessels bursting and their skin turning green and rotting away around the infected area.
The drug has been avaliable for around the last decade, branded as a cheap alternative to heroin, users are able to make it at home for a tenth of the cost.
After injecting users blood vessels can burst and their skin can turn green
The drug, which is more powerful than heroin, is easily accessible and can be made for just a few pounds from a mixture of supermarket products
A middle-aged woman who was being treated for the ‘horrific’ sores it causes, was unable to attended Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court after taking the drug, reports the Sun.
The ‘zombie’ drug, named for the effect it has on addicts, has also proved a problem in hostels, a housing officer for Somerset’s Taunton Deane Borough Council said that addicts behavior is indefensible.
The drug is on the rise due to how easy it is to create and use, Chemistry lecturer Dr Simon Cotton from the University of Birmingham confirmed that it is ‘very easy’ to make.
Other side effects are thrombosis, gangrene, abscesses and crocodile-like skin
From the point when an addict first takes the deadly drug, their life expectancy drops to just over two years, doctors estimate
He added that can be made in one step and quickly cooked on the hob in less than a hour, however it causes problems because unlike heroin it has not been purified.
A single dose of heroin can cost anywhere from £5 to £20. Those with a ‘hardcore’ addiction have reportedly spent between £150 and £200 a day, or about £54,000 in a year.
These cheap unpuried methods are likely to be what is causing the horrifying symptoms, which include thrombosis, gangrene, abscesses and crocodile-like skin.
Chemist Click pharmacist Abbas Kanani told the Sun: ‘Without any exaggeration, Krokodil is probably one of the worst drugs in the world.’
Krokodil can be made in one step and quickly cooked on the hob in less than a hour, however it causes problems because unlike heroin it has not been purified
She added that it can be more deadly because the high doesn’t last as long as heroin so therefore users inject more often.
The lack of sterilisation means that the way the drugs are prepared can use infection, along with the added threat of HIV and hepatitis from sharing needles.
Over the course of a week in 2014 Krokodil was blamed for the blame for seven people as well as poisoning 187 others in Surgut, Siberia.
Although the drug is believed to be on the increase, reports surrounding the dangerous substance have been circulating for the last few years.
In 2013 Dr Allan Harris treated a patient who had lost a huge chunk of their forearm to the flesh-eating drug, enabling him to see the patients bone and tendons.
He added that although a skin graft cosmetically solved the problem, the gangrenous muscles never grew back.
Despite the Krokodil epidemic in Europe, in the US the highly addictive drug has less traction as other options are more easily accessible.
KROKODIL: THE HORRIFYING EFFECTS OF A DEADLY DRUG
Krokodil’s, medical name is desomorphine and is created by mixing codeine with gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous.
There are reportedly nearly three million users in Russia and the epidemic began in Siberia and the Russian Far East.
The drug causes flesh to rot from the inside out and the addict’s skin becomes scaly, like a crocodile’s, hence the name.
Blood vessels burst and the surrounding tissue dies. Gangrene and amputations are a common result and sometimes bone can be exposed.
The drug high lasts around an hour and a half. It is three times cheaper to produce than heroin.