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What are the medical uses for krokodil. if any?

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Desomorphine: also called krokodil is a powerful morphine derivative, it is about ten times more potent than morphine. There is no accepted medical use for desomorphine in the U.S and it has been controlled in the U.S. since 1936. For more information or help talk to your PCP.

Answered 9/18/2014

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NONE: Krokodil is derived from over-the-counter codeine preparations that have been widely available in many countries, including Russia. It's synthesis involves very toxic volatile chemicals that result in a highly impure compound that causes a violent skin reaction in the area of injection, resulting in severe damage to tissue, often with gangrene, sepsis and potentially death or disfigurement.

Answered 6/6/2015

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Dr. answered

Dis-figuration+Death: addicts pay dearly for krokodil’s cheap high. Wherever on the body a user injects the drug, blood vessels burst and surrounding tissue dies, sometimes falling off the bone in chunks. That side effect has earned krokodil its other nickname: the zombie drug. The typical life span of an addict is just two or three years. http://time.com/3398086/the-worlds-deadliest-drug-inside-a-krokodil-cookhouse

Answered 9/13/2016

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