WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES/CONTENT
Russia has the world's largest population of Heroin addicts, mainly because of and it's close proximity to Afghanistan. Heroin can be expensive, and is a daily habit that requires constant money and attention. Users have discovered a much cheaper alternative, Desomorphine -- or "Krokodil". Desomorphine is an opiate derivative made from over-the-counter Codeine pills, red phosphorus (scraped from match stick heads), gasoline, paint thinner, iodine, and hydrochloric acid. It eats the user alive from the inside out, causes brain damage and turns the skin greyish green and scaly, like a crocodile. Literally your skin and limbs rot and fall off. Sounds terrible. The most disturbing part is that I can imagine being addicted and out of money and put into a situation where this might be an attractive alternative to withdrawal.
WHAT IS DESOMORPHINE?
Check out this documentary from VBS.com [Vice Broadcasting System]