We are not discussing crocodiles here, but given that even the most cursory, SafeSearch-on Googling of krokodil yields some of the most vile images you will ever see (DON’T DO IT!!!!), this stock photo of a crocodile will more than suffice. The flesh-eating intravenous drug does, in fact, get its name from the animal, as it causes a scalelike gangrene similar to the hide of the aquatic beast before progressing into abscesses and gangrene.
However, while crocodiles are kind of cute in photos, krokodil is decidedly NOT. It first rose to popularity in Russia (“krokodil” is Russian for “crocodile”) at least a decade ago due to heroin shortage, and while its main ingredient is a painkiller called desomorphine, it isn’t this component that causes the “rotting from the inside-out” effect of the drug that produces a high “three times stronger than heroin” — rather, the deadly side effects arise as a result of street chemists using codeine tablets mixed with substances like gasoline, paint thinner, or lighter fluid. Keep reading »
A homemade drug that causes severe damage to the flesh of those who use it has reportedly shown up in the U.S.
Previously reported in Russia, Krokodil, a disfiguring and potentially lethal mixture of codeine and hydrocarbons such as oil, paint thinner, gasoline or alcohol, has made its way to Arizona.
According to doctors at Banner Poison Control Center, two cases of the drug have been reported in the state in the past week. Read more at Huffington Post…
The magic of Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen‘s wife #3, has always been that she makes Charlie look comparatively almost-sane. The reality of Brooke Mueller, on the other hand, is that while it’s more than likely that Charlie is a very wealthy, very famous man who has chosen in some ways to wander down the path of no return rather than get the help he needs, his ex-wife is a deeply, deeeeeeeply troubled drug addict. RadarOnline has obtained an exclusive video of Mueller, 36, smoking crack out of a glass pipe and scoring $1,500 worth of crystal meth. The clip was reportedly shot before she lost custody of her and Sheen’s four-year-old twins, Bob and Max, in May of this year — the one-time reality TV star is currently undergoing her twentieth stint in rehab after she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold following an overdose, while her boys were placed in the care of Sheen’s second wife, Denise Richards, with his approval. Is the release of this video shocking? No, but it is a graphic look into a life in danger. Awful. [RadarOnline]
Even though Zac Efron’s team has been using People and other celeb-friendly tabloids to try to get across the impression that Zac was only addicted to alcohol, and he fell by the ‘wayside’ due to negative influences from friends, TMZ is painting a different, more revealing and accurate story.
According to the report from TMZ, Zac went to rehab TWICE for cocaine, not once like originally reported. According to the reports, Zac was into both cocaine and molly, and had been for two years. He reportedly went to rehab once in March and thought he was fine, but relapsed when he went to work on a film set. After filming, he went back into outpatient care, which apparently did the trick. We’ll see… Read more at Celeb Dirty Laundry…