Andrey Zheluk

The Rise and Fall of Russia’s Flesh-Eating Zombie Drug, Krokodil

Reports of a “flesh-eating zombie drug” called krokodil, accompanied by lurid images, first appeared in English during 2010. The drug serves as an excellent illustration of the havoc bad drug policies can wreak on communities. Krokodil first emerged in provincial Russia during the early 2000s. It’s an illicit injectable drug, easily baked in home kitchens from codeine-containing medication, iodine, phosphorus, paint thinner, and lighter fuel.

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