Even though it sounds like a Halloween prank, this is scary, but true.
Pronounced like “crocodile,” krokodil is the street name for desomorphine. It is eight to 10 times stronger than morphine.
And the side effects are scary: Krokodil is a flesh-eating drug that turns users into zombie-like creatures with black or green scaly skin.
Like heroin, but cheaper
As you know, heroin has been showing up at school. For example:
- a Pennsylvania student was arrested for having 81 bags of heroin and $700 in cash stashed in his bookbag.
- an Ohio bus driver has been arrested and faces 20 years in prison for being involved in a heroin ring, allegedly selling the drug within 1,000 feet of the school.
- after being arrested for heroin possession, a tenured teacher in New York was fired when an arbitrator found it was likely that the teacher would endanger students by bringing the drug to school. (The decision was later overturned by a court ruling.)