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Crazy Drug Trends: Zombie Drugs

There are some really disturbing crazy drug trends going on in other parts of the world right now. Luckily this isn’t happening here in the U.S. but it could be simply a matter of time. Drug addicts are constantly looking for quicker and cheaper ways to get their fix and, in places like Russia and South America, this is having devastating effects.

Krokodil and Oxi are both cheap, highly addictive drugs that are gaining popularity in certain parts of the world, and their zombie-like effects have horrified public officials. They don’t have quite the same effects-think 28 days later zombies (oxi)  vs. dawn of the dead zombies (krokodil)- but both drugs are homemade, toxic, and very deadly.


Gaining popularity in Russia, Krokodil is said to be a toxic mixture of eye drops, caffeine, and gasoline that is cooked and then injected. Other reports say that it consists of hydrochloric acid, as well. This drug has devastating effects on its users, who have an average life span of only 2 to 3 years. The images are disturbing, leading one to think: how could anyone do this to themselves? But, anyone who has struggled with addiction knows just how desperate you can get. Despite the fact that it will eventually cause its users’ skin to fester and rot, Russian junkies are using Krokodil, which is said to be 3 times more potent and ten times cheaper than heroin.

In Russia, the street name for this home-made drug is “krokodil” ( rocodile), supposedly for the scale-like appearance of its users’ skin. Even in lesser cases, users can lose motor skills from the brain damage caused by krokodil.

The main ingredient of Krokodil is Desomorphine – an opioid first patented in 1932 in the United States that is derived from morphine. Desomorphine attracted attention in 2010 in Russia because it is easily made from codeine, iodine and red phosphorus, in a process similar to that of methamphetamine (crystal meth) from pseudoephedrine. And like meth, Krokodil is usually highly impure and is contaminated with various toxic and corrosive byproducts.

Pictures of krokodil in late-stage addicts are extremely disturbing. The flesh on their skin has become grey and peeled, some people’s bones are even showing — people are literally rotting to death


Short for Oxidado which literally means “rust,” Oxi is said to be twice as powerful as crack cocaine at just a fifth of the price. Oxi has been around since the 1980s in parts of the Amazon and mostly used by small segments of isolated peoples but, more recently, it has exploded on to the drug scene in South America.

Oxi is a cheaper, deadlier version of crack – it is a highly addictive and hallucinogenic drug that is a combination of cocaine paste, gasoline, kerosene and quicklime (calcium oxide). This conglomeration is so devastating on its users’ bodies that it can kill within a year.

Oxi is said to be so addictive that the majority of first-time oxi users become addicted after their first use of the drug. Oxi users will go without food or sleep for as long as seven to ten days. After months of oxi use, addicts become wandering zombies, seeking out their next fix.

People who use oxi suffer from terrible paranoia, vomiting and uncontrollable episodes of diarrhea. They will experience tooth loss within months of their beginning oxi use. Oxi users are easy to spot: they are like walking skeletons roaming the streets in a daze-like manner from lack of food and sleep.

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