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Old 06-22-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default New Russian Drug Problem: WARNING Photo is disturbing beyond words.

http://www.time.com/time/world/artic...ullworld-yahoo

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Russia has more heroin users than any other country in the world – up to two million, according to unofficial estimates. For most, their lot is a life of crime, stints in prison, probable contraction of HIV and hepatitis C, and an early death. As efforts to stem the flow of Afghan heroin into Russia bring some limited success, and the street price of the drug goes up, for those addicts who can't afford their next hit, an even more terrifying spectre has raised its head.

The home-made drug that Oleg and Sasha inject is known as krokodil, or "crocodile". It is desomorphine, a synthetic opiate many times more powerful than heroin that is created from a complex chain of mixing and chemical reactions, which the addicts perform from memory several times a day. While heroin costs from £20 to £60 per dose, desomorphine can be "cooked" from codeine-based headache pills that cost £2 per pack, and other household ingredients available cheaply from the markets.

It is a drug for the poor, and its effects are horrific. It was given its reptilian name because its poisonous ingredients quickly turn the skin scaly. Worse follows. Oleg and Sasha have not been using for long, but Oleg has rotting sores on the back of his neck.

"If you miss the vein, that's an abscess straight away," says Sasha. Essentially, they are injecting poison directly into their flesh. One of their friends, in a neighbouring apartment block, is further down the line.

"She won't go to hospital, she just keeps injecting. Her flesh is falling off and she can hardly move anymore," says Sasha. Photographs of late-stage krokodil addicts are disturbing in the extreme. Flesh goes grey and peels away to leave bones exposed. People literally rot to death.

Russian heroin addicts first discovered how to make krokodil around four years ago, and there has been a steady rise in consumption, with a sudden peak in recent months. "Over the past five years, sales of codeine-based tablets have grown by dozens of times," says Viktor Ivanov, the head of Russia's Drug Control Agency. "It's pretty obvious that it's not because everyone has suddenly developed headaches."

Heroin addiction kills 30,000 people per year in Russia – a third of global deaths from the drug – but now there is the added problem of krokodil. Mr Ivanov recalled a recent visit to a drug-treatment centre in Western Siberia. "They told me that two years ago almost all their drug users used heroin," said the drugs tsar. "Now, more than half of them are on desomorphine."

He estimates that overall, around 5 per cent of Russian drug users are on krokodil and other home-made drugs, which works out at about 100,000 people. It's a huge, hidden epidemic – worse in the really isolated parts of Russia where supplies of heroin are patchy – but palpable even in cities such as Tver.
These people are so addicted they are mutilating them self for a high. Although this might be a form of Darwinism. Also a word of warning, the photo below is simply disturbing beyond words.
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http://demotivation.me/images/20100322/xqc0iyf9wpf2.jpg

Why the hell would you inline that you damned idiot?
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:59 PM   #2
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:00 PM   #6
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Picture looks ... not real?
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But to produce krokodil, whose medical name is desomorphine, addicts mix it with ingredients including gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous, which they scrape from the striking pads on matchboxes.
do they have access to pseudoephedrine? looks like they can cook some meth too
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Why the fuck would you embed that image? Link it next time. Mods ban plz.
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can we please have the picture removed? I've seen a lot of gory pictures and that one is particularly disturbing
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Does DCal have a single redeeming post during his short tenure here?
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Picture looks ... not real?
It's real. There are a couple videos on reddit from Russian sites showing.....detailed exams/procedures with these people. Goddamn terrifying.
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He put a WARNING in the thread title guys.

Now... is that real, for real??
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It's real. There are a couple videos on reddit from Russian sites showing.....detailed exams/procedures with these people. Goddamn terrifying.
Perhaps so. Just looks like the coloring of the muscle/fascia seems off, also the rest of her skin coloring (chest/face) looks pretty good for someone who's gotta be near (if not completely) septic. Crazy.
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There's a reason why he's a RBM.
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I bet that smells awesome.
I was going to post that. She looks quite calm for missing most of her forearm.
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