The City Paper’s Paul Bowers is a good soul. One of the best. He cares for his fellow man. He looks after them. He wishes them absolutely nothing but the best.
So whenever we get a new batch of interns in the office, Paul gives them a simple warning: Under no circumstances should they look up anything I tell them to. This is a truth that he has learned from experience, and although he may be worse off for having done so, he’s a stronger man than before. But some wounds never heal.
Which is why you should not click on this link. If you do, your soul will be forever scared. Your life will be better if you never see the horrible, disfiguring damage that krokodil, a dangerous new drug from Russia, does to the bodies of its users.
If that’s not convincing enough, here’s what USA Today’s Michael Winter has to say:
A powerful heroin-like drug that rots flesh and bone has made its first reported appearance in the United States, an Arizona health official says.
Known on the street as “krokodil,” the caustic homemade opiate is made from over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol. When it’s injected, the concoction destroys a user’s tissue, turning the skin scaly and green like a crocodile. Festering sores, abscesses and blood poisoning are common…
Krokodil became popular in Russia because heroin can be difficult to obtain and is expensive. Krokodil costs three times less, and the high is similar to heroin though much shorter, usually 90 minutes.
The average life expectancy among krokodil addicts in Russia is two to three years, according to Time, which called the narcotic “the most horrible drug in the world.” Gangrene and amputations are common, and the toxic mix dissolves jawbones and teeth, much like the methamphetamine that Walter White cooks in Breaking Bad.
So there, you been warned. Whatever you do, do not click on this link. Seriously, man, don’t do it.