By John Horton, Media Specialist
What’s eating at you? Is it personal? Is something conflicting with you at work? Is there a problem with your home situation? Are you getting enough sleep at night or is there too much stress due to a situation with a family member? Are you drinking a little more than you should be these days over a reoccurring thought? These all could be things cured by simply acknowledging the problem at hand. With a few simple steps, you could hash out the worries and relax a bit, easing the heart, tension, and mind……Unless you literally have something eating at you alive. No, it has nothing to do with the Zombie Apocalypse or a scary horror story.
As you may have heard in the media lately, a newer form of Heroin has arrived to America. It’s so bad that it has been known to leave users (even those who kick the habit) often severely disfigured, including: severe scarring, bone damage, amputated limbs, speech impediments, poor motor skills and varying degrees of brain damage for life. Known on the street as “krokodil,” but technically known as Desomorphine, it is a homemade concoction mixing over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills and either iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, or alcohol. The “high” from Crocodile lasts about ninety minutes. This is notably shorter than the “high” one gets from heroin. When a person injects this drug into their body via hypodermic needle, Necrosis (the decay of living tissue) can quickly set in. It immediately begins to destroy the user’s tissue, turning the skin scaly and green like a crocodile. Festering sores, abscesses, and blood poisoning are common as it literally eats away at the victim’s skin. Gangrene and amputations are common among addicts while some die within two or three years after continuous, according to the Daily Mail.
Krokodil first surfaced in Russia around a decade ago and it still seems to be a growing trend today, especially in the poor rural communities. Because of the rotting flesh, jerky movements, and speech troubles, the media outlets have decided to tag krokodil the “zombie drug.” One of the biggest features that make it attractive to users is the fact it’s more affordable and easy to come by. Users discovered that manufacturing the drug was much cheaper than the cost of getting real heroin and could easily be cooked in a kitchen, according to a report from Fox News. Like meth, it’s fairly easy to cook up in a home kitchen. You need a stove, a pan, and about 30 minutes. So far in the United States, there have been only two cases officially reported of people addicted to the drug, both in the state of Arizona, a Phoenix CBS TV affiliate reported. But as any known illegal drug, it has the potential to spread out as it gains more popularity. However, some people have kicked the habit and say the experience of “coming off” of krokodil is similar to heroin with pain, Nashua, and vomiting.
Again, we at Rapid Detect INC cannot stress how dangerous this or any other drug is. That’s why it’s very important to perform random drug checks. If someone has a problem and is covering up the usage of drugs in their daily routine, this could be the start of their “Wake-Up Call”. If you notice an employee or family member with marks on their body that seems similar to what is described above along with mood swings and change in behavior, we suggest you have them tested as soon as possible. We recommend using the iScreen Opiates Test because it’s a simple dip and read procedure that allows you to get the results within minutes. You may also use the iCassette Drug Screen Single Drug Test Pipette that is both FDA Approved and CLIA Waived giving the results within minutes with a 99% Accuracy rate. For more information about these or any of our products on our website, call (888) 404-0020 to speak with one of our friendly knowledgeable sales consultants weekdays 8am to 4pm CDT or drop an email in our inbox.