Siberia: Krokodil Tears

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Published on 29th February 2016 by

A groundbreaking documentary by Vice, released way back in 2011, they visit a grim Siberian border town of Novokuznetsk to explore the rapid growth in use of a homemade drug called ‘Krokodil’ which is cooked up by users from a variety of ingredients including Codeine pills, gasoline and paint thinner. This film is also known online as Krokodil: Russia’s Deadliest Drug.

Krokodil translates literally into ‘Crocodile’, which accurately describes the effects that it has on the users skin, the drug eats the user from the inside and the average life expectancy of a user is just one year from their use. Heroin addicts in Russia can expect to survive for between 4 and 7 years, addicts in Novokuznetsk turn to homemade Krokodil when their heroin dependency becomes too expensive to maintain.

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