Krokodil, Disgusting Flesh-Eating Drug from Russia, Discovered in United States

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Walter White may be on his way out, but a a frightening new drug appears to be on its way into the United States.

USA Today writes that two cases of "krokodil" have been discovered in Arizona, with health officials in that state confirming the appearance of this heroin-like, fresh and bone-rotting opiate.

It originated in Russia and it's made by combining over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol

These Arizona sightings are believed to be the first krokodil cases in the U.S., and let's hope they are the last.

When injected, the drug destroys one's tissue. As depicted in the disturbing video above, it then turns a user's skin scaly a green, leading to sores and often times blood poisoning.

According to Time Magazine, the average life expectancy among krokodil addicts in Russia is two to three years.

But it rose to popularity in Siberia and Far Eastern Russia because it typically costs three times less than heroin, while eliciting a similar high.

Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center, did not reveal to local news stations in Arizona just where the krokodil users were found.

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In addition to the many economical and societal costs of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder or more dangerous drugs. Certain people wish/need to get high. If we attempt to block their access to the drugs they want, they will find ever more harmful ways to get them. MARIJUANA to dangerous synthetic concoctions —such as AM-2201, JWH-018, JWH-073, or HU-210, (called Spice or K2 etc.)
POPPIES to morphine, to heroin, to Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine, Permonid, street name KROKODIL)
COCA to cocaine, to crack, to Paco/Kete/Bazuco/Pitillo.
EPHEDRA to ephedrine, to methamphetamine.
MUSHROOMS to ecstasy (MDMA), to PMMA, to MDPV, to 2CB/designers. At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following: * It may be easier to smuggle.
* It may be more addictive, thus compelling the buyer to return more frequently.
* It may be cheaper to produce, therefore yielding more profit.
* Like a game of "whack a mole" a shutdown of producers in one area will mean business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product. Prohibition's distortion of the immutable laws of 'supply and demand' subsidizes organized crime, foreign terrorists, corrupt cops, and unconscionable politicians, while feeding the prejudices of self-appointed culture warriors everywhere. So called Tough-On-Drugs politicians have happily built careers on confusing prohibition's horrendous collateral damage with the substances that they claim to be fighting while the big losers in this battle are everybody else, especially we the taxpayers. So how come so many of us have been deluded into believing that big government is the appropriate response to non-traditional consensual vices? Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That's what our misguided drug policy looks like.
Isn't it time we all stood up and told the government, we're tired of being beaten and jailed so that pharmaceutical companies can poison and kill us for obscene profits? Prohibition prevents regulation: Legalize, regulate and tax!

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dumping rubbish in the USA?.........WHERE ELSE, folks?