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Krokodil: The Drug That Eats Junkies

By Shaun Walker Wednesday 06/22/2011 The Independent

A home-made heroin substitute is having a horrific effect on thousands of Russia's drug addicts.

Oleg glances furtively around him and, confident that nobody is watching, slips inside the entrance to a decaying Soviet-era block of flats, where Sasha is waiting for him. Ensconced in the dingy kitchen of one of the apartments, they empty the contents of a blue carrier bag that Oleg has brought with him – painkillers, iodine, lighter fluid, industrial cleaning oil, and an array of vials, syringes, and cooking implements.

Half an hour later, after much boiling, distilling, mixing and shaking, what remains is a caramel-coloured gunge held in the end of a syringe, and the acrid smell of burnt iodine in the air. Sasha fixes a dirty needle to the syringe and looks for a vein in his bruised forearm. After some time, he finds a suitable pla
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Added: Jun-29-2011 Occurred On: Jun-22-2011
By: ArchEnemy
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Tags: Russia, drugs, addicts, Kokodil, crocodile, desomorphine, opiates, HIV, Hepatitis, home-made, drug addiction, Afghan heroin, epidemic
Location: Russia (load item map)
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