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Sheriff warns of deadly home-made drug
"Krokodil" may be on its way here
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The result of "Krokodil" addiction
Sheriff Patrick Ray warns that a new drug may be on its way to DeKalb County that could make present drug problems pale in comparison.“I always said that I would hate to see the drug that replaced methamphetamine, and if this one’s it, we are in for trouble,” the sheriff told the Review. “It is made basically by replacing the pseudophedrine in meth with codeine, but the mixture is highly impure.”Desomorphine, an opiate that originated in 1932 in the United States, is a derivative of morphine.Home-made Desomorphine, or “Krokodil” surfaced in Russia late in the 20th century due to its relatively simple synthesis.The drug is easily made from codeine, iodine and red phosphorus in a process similar to the manufacture of methamphetamine from pseudoephedrine.The concoction is highly impure and contaminated with various toxic and corrosive byproducts.“What scares me about it more than anything, if it does reach us, it is three times more potent than heroin, and about one-tenth the price,” Ray said. “It’s cheap, it’s easy to make, and that makes it very accessible.