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Morphine Derivative Under Watch by DEA

A new opiate drug is making its rounds overseas and it’s only a matter of time before the U.S. deals with this dangerous drug. This designer drug called Krokodil is a derivative of the powerful drug morphine, and what makes this drug so frightening is the awful side effects that users experience. Side effects include but are not limited to turning skin greenish in color, scaly and eventually causing it to completely rot away.

Krokodil, also known as desomorphine, has mainly shown up in Russia, where over 65 million doses have been seized in just three months time. The DEA has closely monitored this drug hoping to keep it out of the United States. Opiate addiction is one of the hardest addictions to overcome and this dangerous drug is no different from any other opiate-derived medication.

The drug is mainly made from mixing codeine with gasoline, iodine, paint thinner, red phosphorous and hydrochloric acid. In Russia, codeine is easily made available over the counter, while in the U.S. you must have a prescription. Krokodil is known to have the same effects as heroin, but is supposedly much cheaper to make which is why it is becoming more prevalent in the drug world. Sadly, in Russia, individuals are shooting up this potentially deadly opiate mix so much that it has become an epidemic in their county.

At the drug injection site, Krokodil literally kills the skin and causes non-repairable damage to the body. This opiate drug is completely self-destructive and incredibly addictive. At Vista Taos Renewal Center, they can provide help and assistance in overcoming opiate addiction and leading a healthier lifestyle.

Opiate addiction is not something a person can overcome by themselves. With the help of Vista Taos, they can turn their life around and make positive changes and kick a deadly habit at the same time.

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