- Don’t hang out with Zombies, that ish is contagious.
- Just say “No!” Yes, we made fun of Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug slogan, but it still rings true.
- Leave the experimenting to folks with Ph.D’s in chemistry and lab rats.
Yes, I am making light of the new wave of synthetic drugs to be hitting our nation. I am joking because they have me scared “shirtless.” They are strong, deadly, super addictive, and frankly too easy and cheap to get. That combined with young, fearless, or just plain stupid folks trying them and giving them out as party favors or old school drug alternatives – has me very worried.
These drugs are “Krokodil” and “Flakka” Yes, even the names sounds stupid. However, you can say doing any illegal drug is stupid You can die off of prescription medication if you abuse it. However, some evil scientist has made drugs that quite frankly, will make you long for the days when kids smoking “pot” or snorting cocaine was your big worry.
There are so many recreational drugs out there that I really lose count. There is the ever popular marijuana. Then you have cocaine and it’s highly addictive sister drug crack cocaine. Then you have opium which is old school, heroin, and LSD. Add in crystal meth. Pour on poppers, ecstasy, and people who huff everything from paint fumes to liquid paper to gas … Well, it is a wonder anyone gets any work done.
Now the new bother. Krokodil and Flakka are new synthetic drugs. Synthetic as opposed to naturally occurring like marijuana and cocaine. Synthetic drugs are, in the opinion of some law enforcement officials and medical professionals, worse than naturally occurring because they can be cooked up with local ingredients. No drug kingpins in exotic locations needed.
Krokodil aka Desomorphine
Made from synthetic codeine. Codeine is a derivative of heroin that is available legally and illegally in the US and around the world ( you know, like Tylenol with codeine… or plain old codeine that you may get after surgery?)
Created in 1932 as a pain killer and then dropped
Main ingredients include; Codeine, iodine, and red phosphorus. Nicknamed after the gray scaly skin you get at the injection site and the codeine derivative chlorocodide.
Utilizes crazy but ultimately easy to get ingredients: including organic solvents like paint thinner, gasoline, iodine, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and other ingredients like match tips. Yes the little red part of a wood match, that is red sulfur.
Called a fflesh-eatingdrug because it causes – well it causes your flesh to rot from gangrene, infected ulcers, infected injection sites look grey and scaly and will FALL OFF
Damage to the body occurs quickly. This is not a be a junkie for years and die drug. This is a use one or two times and there is damage drug. Necrosis ( that is your flesh rotting in layman’s terms) Vein damage, soft tissue damage, infection…
Has been slipped into use by heroin dealers who wanted a cheaper drug. Some heroin addicts get a hold of this stuff and the effects are horrific. Rarely do people actually voluntarily take krocodil on purpose the first time.
Damage is done to all parts of the body. Reports of necrosis and gangrene on the extremities and face, gums, legs… pretty much everywhere.
In 5 years, the amount of units available in the US, Russia, Ukraine, and UK went from 1000 to 65 million. It is affecting a lot of intravenous drug users because it is being swapped for the more expensive heroin.
It is addictive after the first use – I will repeat myself, it is addictive after the first use
Withdrawal symptoms happen after 1 to 2 hours, that means although it is cheaper than heroin, its usage or rather the addicts need to use it again is worse. This causes more damage.
Doctors say they only have about ten cases of people dying from it in the US. In Russia and the Ukraine, it has been popular for a longer time and there are thousands of deaths reported. The issue with this, well one of the issues, is that desomorphine itself is absorbed in the body. It can well be reported as a death from side effects of heroine, overdose of codeine, or any of the other chemicals used to manufacture it.
Doctors in Russia call it a zombie drug because due to its instantly addictive nature and the drug relatively short high, people on krokodil usually just go from high to high. With 1 t 2 hours between uses, they become like zombies (that and the damage to the endocrine system and brain)
Crazy stuff huh? Go hug your kid and come back, there is more.
“No it is not safe to go into the water. Jaws is still out there”
- Where krokodil makes people look and act like mindless zombies, Flakka makes them act like the crazy zombie movie, I want to eat your brains and make you stand there and watch, horror movie zombies.
- Flakka is a cheap synthetic speed like drug called alpha -PVP, a synthetic cathione. It is also called bath salts Cloud 9, Scar face, Lunar wave, etc.
- Flakka is more prevalent than krokodil and has been around the US for a little longer.
- Flakka is a “party drug” it is popular at clubs and outings where a large group of people get together to have fun.
It is made primarily in China by about 150 different companies, these companies are constantly tweaking it, for different looks, textures, tastes, and outcomes.
It was originally derived from the active ingredients in a plant called Khat. Khat was popular in Eastern Africa and the Middle east as a stimulant for nomadic people. They chewed the leaves and got extra energy to do whatever work they were doing (much like cocaine’s coca leaf was chewed to relieve pain)
However, the active ingredients were cheaper to synthesize and so after that the drug has taken on many forms. It can be snorted, injected, smoked, and just swallowed. In Florida there were some found at a local popular club that had been put in gummy worm looking candy.
As of January 2015, according to DEA research there are over 545 known forms of this drug, some of those forms are not illegal because they are so new. The government has to know about the drug to make it illegal, hence the amount of new and different ones coming into the USA every year.
The drug runs about 3 to 20 dollars a hit, depending on the venue and the audience. A rave with stupid High Schoolers? 3 dollars each, maybe 5 bucks would be the average cost. A party at a club were people are drinking 1000 dollar bottles of champagne and if you can get in, it costs maybe 20 to 100 dollars a hit. Not “illegal illegal” and you can sell it at huge profit? Of course foreign companies will crank it out like candy from a Pez dispenser.
There have been 1500 reported and confirmed cases of Flakka over doses in 2015. It is May people. That is too many. One is too many.
EMT specialist in Broward County Florida have seen so many cases that they carry ketamine injections to help people who are extremely high on Flakka. That is horse tranquilizers folks. They have to shoot people with horse tranquilizers.
Characteristics of a Flakka overdose: Think of those shows were people were high on PCP or LSD and were acting “crazy”. In detailed reports in Florida, people have been seen ripping their clothes off, running around naked, trying to jump off of buildings ( a lot of suicides may be drug overload) and, yes you guessed it BITING PEOPLE. If you think you are a dog, and you are a hyped, excused me. SUPER hyped up pitbull and someone gets it your way, well, you bite them. You bite them hard.
A girl, aged 17, in a rural area of central Midwest America agreed it would be fun to try the bath salts aka flakka, that her boyfriend bought back from his trip to New York interviewing for college. He got it at a rave party. They got a little drunk, smoked a little marijuana, and then added the Flakka figuring “hey what could it hurt? The guy at the party said it was some awesome S*^% !” They were found fighting, bloody and naked by her dad. On close inspection, it was shown they were both high on something. The doctors at the hospital said they got off easy, they had not taken a fatal dose, but enough to really feel the extreme effects of the drug. The alcohol and marijuana actually caused them to use a bit less than normal. The girl showed signs of being bitten on the face and scalp. While still under the influence, when asked what was he thinking, the boy smiled and retorted, “I had mad munchies”
Zombies… enough said
What is the answer?
Make all drugs not prescribed by a doctor illegal?
It seems like the major beneficiaries of the drug trade will never get caught (i.e. those 150+ Chinese companies making the stuff that we know of)
What we need is better health education and drug treatment.
We need better mental health care for the general population.
We need to relearn that the answer to being sad or bored isn’t getting high.
I spoke to a friend who is a recovering heroin and cocaine addict with 3 years of sobriety. She was on heroin for 10 years. She functioned, but at some point she just went spiraling downward. The cocaine was to perk her up for those moments when the “heroin nod” was unacceptable. Heroin makes you groggy and really down but it feels good to the user at first. Then the point is to “chase the dragon” You will never get as high as you did the first time because your body has adapted to it. So the world is full of people trying to get as high as the first time. That is how cross addiction works and how people are introduced to new drugs. That is why there are so many newer drugs.
My friend told me she heard of Krokodil but was sober by the time it became an issue. She said it is super easy to mix it with heroin and give it to an addict as a “newer, stronger, dope” She laughed and said “There is no quality control. You are a fiend; you want your drug. Some stranger hands you a packet and says it will get you high – you are like great! Drug fiends are extremely stupid and extremely trusting. It’s kind of evil and brilliant. Instead of introducing a drug to people who are clean, just give the new cheap drug to folks already using. They are already willing to steal, turn tricks, kill, and do whatever to get their fix.” Now instead of that money going to the heroin dealer, it goes to whoever has a rudimentary knowledge of high school chemistry.
So how do you survive the zombie apocalypse? Make like Nancy Regan and just say no? Well, actually yes. And educate your kids, friends, and family on the specific dangers of drugs. Do it gently, people do not appreciate lectures. Do it with love and do it often (teens need to be told something 1600 times before it sinks in… don’t believe me? Ask your teen to do or not do something once. You are only 1599 repetitions from getting it accomplished) Most important “be an example” A lot of drugs is peer pressure for young and old, to do something stupid and dangerous that is perceived as fun. I am my groups resident wet blanket, designated driver, and harbinger of doom. I am ok with that. They will always know who doesn’t do drug abc and who to call if they need help and a lecture. I have attached some pictures of worse case scenarios from Krokodil, you can google Flakka and see the videos of people going crazy on that drug. When someone thinks to video, I always wonder did they call for help?
Have you ever tried Flakka or Krokodil? Can you tell me of your experience? I am at AskMelissa@Melissaweblog.com
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