Home > Medical > Osteoporosis > News Updated 13 December 2018 Graphic images of 'the deadliest drug in the world' Krokodil, a flesh-eating drug that has killed thousands in Russia, is rearing its head in several US states and it will only be a matter of time before it hits South Africa. 67 Imgur Quiz Calcium calculator » Ask Healthy Bones Expert » Should you pop a calcium pill? Bone Up! Krokodil is the worst drug in the world. Worse than cocaine, worse than heroin, worse than meth, worse than acid. It even makes crack look appealing, and that's insane.Krokodil's origins are amongst Russia's poorest communities where it arose as a cheap alternative to heroin. The substance can be concocted by crushing codeine tablets, which are widely available, and mixing them with substances like petrol, red phosphorous and hydrochloric acid. Sound dangerous? Doctors estimate that from the point an addict first takes krokodil, their life expectancy is a little over two years. According to people who have taken it, The drug has approximately the same effects, the same high, as heroin, but for as little as a tenth of the price of the real thing. Read: Getting heroin on prescription?The street price of heroin in South Africa is around R50 a gram which isn't that expensive, but the costs can add up as addicts require stronger and more frequent doses. In Russia's factory towns, a raging heroin habit can decimate a person's funds, hence increasing numbers turning to Krokodil. South Africa has a huge amount of low-income heroin addicts, making the rise of Krokodil almost inevitable.Read: Is Nyaope South Africa's worst drug? While the high might be good, the side effects are anything but. The drug literally rots human from the inside out, and in serious users it isn't uncommon to see large expanses of exposed bone and muscle. The drug is named after crocodiles because of the scaly appearance gangrenous skin takes on. WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOWThese images show addicts and what the drug has done to them. Wherever on the body a user injects the drug, blood vessels burst and surrounding tissue dies, sometimes falling off the bone in chunks. That side effect has earned krokodil its other nickname: the zombie drug. Watch: The effects of krokodil, Inside a krokodil cookhouse, from TIME magazine Image credits: Huffington Post/stopnarkotik/International Business TimesRead more:Vaccine for heroin addiction looks promisingHeroin on our playgroundsThe death of Cory Monteith Harry Phillips NEXT ON HEALTH24X Staying social can boost healthy 'grey matter' in ageing brains 2020-10-26 11:49 More: OsteoporosisNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 67 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News Mesoglow facial: your custom treatments Medical Newborns of moms with Covid-19 face little infection risk - study News Partner Content | Meet the Next Generation of Brave: Vivian Chengalroyan Medical Increased risk of breast cancer for teen smokers Medical Exposure to man-made chemicals influences genes controlling ageing, immune system and metabolism Medical More evidence masks slow Covid spread Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.