[Ibogaine] Krokodil

Edward W edwardw at mtciep.com
Sat Jun 25 12:15:45 EDT 2011

Pretty ugly stuff Matt, I saw the story posted on the FB Ibogaine 
Survivors Club group. Very unfortunate substance, if it is all it claims 
to be.

edwardw at mtciep.com

On 6/25/2011 9:56 AM, Matt S wrote:
> Anyone heard of this before? Apparently its an opiate called 
> desomorphine made from codiene in a kitchen chemistry process.
> http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=651&q=Krokodil+drug&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq= 
> <http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=651&q=Krokodil+drug&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=> 
> The stories sound a bit sensationalized, for one thing they say it has 
> a 90 minute high but a month long physical withdrawal which would be 
> totally counter to every other opiate in existence. But the youtube 
> videos from Russian TV of the damage to addicts bodies is horrendously 
> graphic. I've seen an occasional photo of really bad abscesses from 
> shooting dope but this stuff looks much, much worse for body tissues. 
> Hence the name: crocodile, as in eats you alive.
> Even though I live in the US, codeine cough medicine is available over 
> the counter where I live. I suppose a sufficiently motivated addict 
> could figure out how to extract it from the cough medicine and make 
> this stuff. On the other hand this place is pretty much awash in good 
> quality heroin from Mexico too so not much real need for it.
> Here's the wikipedia entry on desomorphine:
> *Desomorphine* (*Dihydrodesoxymorphine*, *Permonid*, also known as 
> *Krokodil*) is an opiate analogue invented in 1932 in the United 
> States, that is a derivative of morphine, where the 6-hydroxy group 
> has been removed and the 7,8 double bond has been saturated. It has 
> sedative and analgesic effects, and is around 8 times more potent than 
> morphine.^[1] ^[2] ^[3] It was used in Switzerland under the brand 
> name Permonid, and was described as having a fast onset and a short 
> duration of action, with relatively little nausea or respiratory 
> depression compared to equivalent doses of morphine. The traditional 
> synthesis of desomorphine starts from α-chlorocodide, which is itself 
> obtained by reacting thionyl chloride with codeine. By catalytic 
> reduction, α-chlorocodide gives dihydrodesoxycodeine, which yields 
> desomorphine on demethylation.^[4] ^[5]
> This drug attracted attention in 2010 in Russia due to an upsurge in 
> clandestine production, presumably due to its relatively simple 
> synthesis from codeine.^[6] The street name in Russia is /krokodil/ 
> (crocodile) and it is used as a cheaper alternative to heroin, as 
> codeine tablets are available without a prescription. Abuse of 
> home-made desomorphine was first reported in eastern Siberia in 2002, 
> but has since spread throughout Russia and the neighboring former 
> Soviet republics. The drug is easily made from codeine, iodine and red 
> phosphorus in a similar process to the manufacture of methamphetamine 
> from pseudoephedrine, but desomorphine made this way is highly impure 
> and contaminated with various toxic and corrosive byproducts. Since 
> this mix is routinely injected immediately with little or no further 
> purification, "Krokodil" has become notorious for producing severe 
> tissue damage and gangrene, sometimes requiring limb amputation, in 
> long-term users.^[7] ^[8]
> Matt
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