Krokodil Drug – The Same high as heroin. Only cheaper

Krokodil could possibly be the worst drug in the world. Worse than cocaine, worse than heroin, worse than meth, worse than acid. According to Eden Recovery Centre, the drug is named after crocodiles because of the scaly appearance gangrenous skin takes on. It even makes crack look appealing, and that’s insane.

Krokodil’s origins are amongst Russia’s poorest communities where it arose as a cheap alternative to heroin. The substance can be concocted by crushing codeine tablets, which are widely available, and mixing them with substances like petrol, red phosphorous and hydrochloric acid.

Sound dangerous? Doctors estimate that from the point an addict first takes krokodil, their life expectancy is a little over two years.

According to people who have taken it, the drug has approximately the same effects, the same high, as heroin, but for as little as a tenth of the price of the real thing. Eden Recovery explains why this is such a terribly worrying concern for parents of the youth of SA.

The street price of heroin in South Africa is around R50 a gram which isn’t that expensive, but the costs can add up as addicts require stronger and more frequent doses, says Eden Recovery.

In Russia’s factory towns, a raging heroin habit can decimate a person’s funds, hence increasing numbers turning to Krokodil.

South Africa has a huge amount of low-income heroin addicts, making the rise of Krokodil almost inevitable. While the high might be good, the side effects are anything but. The drug literally rots human from the inside out, and in serious users it isn’t uncommon to see large expanses of exposed bone and muscle.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and would like us to guide you on treatment programmes available, please contact the Eden Recovery Centre at or contact +27 11 244 9916. Our qualified staff are trained to assist you in taking the first steps to breaking free from addiction. You can depend on full discretion.

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