Note that the translation from German to English is by me and probably not entirely flawless.
"Krok" showed up in Northrhine-Westphalia for the first time: New horror drug from Russia
The substance is called "Krok" or "Krokodil", is a replacement for Heroin, changes the skin colour to green-gray, and is life threatening. The drug from Russia now showed up in Northrhine-Westphalia for the first time. Four people in Bochum have unambiguous symptoms. The police fears a Krok wave.
In the "Drogencafé" of the information centre"Krisenhilfe Bochum", drug addicts attracted attention, who supposedly had consumed Heroin and had "inexplicably large damage of tissue", as reported by the local head doctor, Heinrich Elsner. After four drug addicts eventually had these dramatic skin damages, it was clear to Elsner and his colleagues that this couldn't be coincidence any longer - Krok circulates in Bochum. It is a drug that experts know, but was hardly in circulation in Germany until now.
The junkes had bought the substance which they thought was Heroin, in the area of the main station. The cheap drug is produced in Russia on the basis of Codeine tablets which are freely available in pharmacies there. The effects are said to be similar to heroin - just more dangerous. The first shot is enough for getting addicted. Whoever consumes this substance has a life expectancy of merely one to three years, according to experts. The drug is called Krok in Russia because the skin at first changes its colour to green as a crocodile in the place where the drug is injected.
Drug wave from Russia?
The police in Northrhine-Westphalia now fears a new drug wave with Krok from Russia. As a speaker of the State Office of Criminal Investigation reports, are the cases in Bochum the first ones in NRW. The local police and an aid organisation warn people about the deadly substance which is called Desomorphin medicinically. "It can be assumed, that Heroin has been sold in the area of Bochum to which the life-threatening Desomorphin has been added", police spokesman Volker Schütte says.
"The Junkie rots from inside"
What happens to people who shoot Krok, dramatic videos and photos in the internet show. Skin areas on the entire body change their colour and die off. Often amputations body parts, liver failure and bursting blood vessels are the results. "The junkie rots from inside" is a drastic statement on an internet forum concerning this topic.
Missing skin on the forearm
Also the addicts in Bochum were marked strongly. According to the head doctor, one person's entire skin on the forearm was missing. They probably wouldn't even know that they have consumed Krok. Heinrich Elsner says that the difference between Krok and Heroin can't be felt. The situation is dramatic because the four persons who are homeless, are not in treatment until now. The doctor and his team at the "Bochum Krisenhilfe" now hope that the drug addicts come to he café or the information centre so they can receive help.
I remember a desomorphine thread around here and read a bit about it afterwards. It's a horrible thing. Given how closely related it is to Morphine, I still wonder whether it's the substance itself or something else from the pills that does this damage...
Funnily, a desomorphine was just the thread someone posted in before I finished with this article.