Russian Magic, Zombie Drug

Synthesizing desomorphine from codeine, it causes relaxation and euphoria. It has a sedative and analgesic effect and is highly addictive. It is fast acting and 10 to 15 times more potent than morphine.

Signs and Symptoms

Due to the short duration of the “high”, users may administer the drug more frequently, resulting in a physical dependence. The most noticeable signs of abuse may include the following:

  • Extreme skin ulcerations

  • Scale-like skin

  • Soft tissue infections

  • Gangrene

Methods of Use

  • Primarily injecting

Adverse Effects

  • Memory loss

  • Impaired concentration

  • Blood vessel damage

  • Ulcers

  • Pneumonia

  • Blood poisoning

  • Rotting gums or tooth loss

  • Bone infections

  • Speech and motor skills impaired

  • Respiratory depression

  • Potential lethal overdose

Overdose Potential

Krokodil is potentially fatal.


Withdrawal is commonly compared to heroin withdrawal which is physically and emotionally uncomfortable and may last as long a month.

  • Agitation

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Muscle cramping

  • Hot and cold sweats

  • Diarrhoea

  • Nausea

  • Insomnia