Krokodil: The Russian “Zombie Drug” Whose Nickname Is All Too Real
It started as desomorphine, patented in the U.S. in 1932 as a medical alternative to morphine. In 1981, production was discontinued. By the early 2000s, the Russian heroin crackdown led drug users to discover that they could manufacture desomorphine–now called Krokodil, also known as the “Russian Zombie Drug”–by using any number of cheap, poisonous, products lying around. First comes the swelling, not long after injection. Then gangrene sets in and the flesh rots away, exposing muscle, even bone, leaving “scales” on the skin, hence the street name krokodil. Next, severely damaged skin can simply peel off, hence the nickname “the Russian zombie drug.” Learn more, if you dare, with these alarming facts and photos.
Priceless 100-Year-Old Life Hacks Provide Tips You Won’t Hear Elsewhere Today
Many of our daily problems and concerns simply didn’t exist 100 years ago. Rarely will you find advice on, say, how to make a homemade fire extinguisher or light a match in the wind. That’s why the 100-card “How to do it” series printed by Gallaher’s Cigarettes in the early 20th century is so indispensable. And because, useful or not, it’s just plain fascinating to learn how to clean an oil painting with a common vegetable or how to tell the difference between butter and margarine with fire. Find more at Vintage Everyday.