Desomorphine Research Paper

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Desomorphine otherwise known as Krokodil or Crocodil has made headlines in recent years. Commonly referred to as the zombie drug it is most notable for its effects on the human body that result in skin to atrophy. Desomorphine is a derivative of morphine. It was patented and synthesized in Switzerland and its brand name is Permonid. It is described as being ten times stronger than morphine. Desomorphine or “Krokodil” made major headlines in the year 2002. This was when there were reports in Russia that showed abusers of the street drug had horrible side effects that resembled skin melting. The nickname is derived from the fact that users skin presents as a crocodile like look. On the streets desomorphine is a cheaper substitute for heroin. What causes such negative affects is not really the drug itself, but…show more content…
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