The new drug contains codein, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid and red phosphorus. Medications that contain codein are available in Russia without prescription, and German experts therefore believe that Krokodyl is prepared there and smuggled to Germany.
The drug is very cheap, around $ 7 versus ten times as much for heroin, and the effects are initially similar. But after a few weeks, the skin around the injection site turns green and becomes necrotic, developing crocodile-like scales. The condition spreads to the entire surface of the skin, and the skeleton is also affected. The word from Russia is that habitual users don’t last more than 2-3 years.