The United States saw its first reported cases of Krokodil in September 2013 in the state of Arizona. Several weeks later, there were 3 reported cases in the state of Illinois.

According to addiction doctors in Illinois, the price for a hit of krokodil is $8. Drug addicts use krokdil as a cheaper alternative to heroin, which can cost between $25 to 30 per hit.

(Costs of heroin by country.)

Source:  Brian Stanley, “Doctor: Flesh-eating ‘Crocodile’ drug surfaces in Will County,” Herald News, October 9, 2013.

The first cases of krokodil was reported in the United States in September 2013. Public heath programs in the state of Arizona identified two cases of the drug in September.

The official name of the chemical is desomorphine, and it was first identified in Russia in 2002. The drug is made with a mix of over-the-counter headache pills that is mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol. Users in Russia have been using the drug as a cheaper form of heroin, since krokodil costs three times as less.

(How much does heroin cost?)

The drug eats away at the user’s skin tissue, which causes the skin to run scaly and green like a crocodile, thus creating the nickname. In 2011, Buzzfeed had a post that showed the effects of krokodil on the body. (Warning: Extremely Graphic Photos.)

According to security services in Russia, the average lifespan of a krokodil user from the time they become addicted to the drug is 1 to 1.5 years. As of 2012, the rate of abuse of the drug is increasing by 50 to 70 percent each year in Russia. The value of the krokodil market in Russia was estimated to be worth $100 Million.

In the United States, the use of heroin has been increasing in recent years. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. the use of heroin in the US increased by 66 percent between 2007 and 2011. With krokodil being a cheaper form of heroin, the risks of the drug spreading throughout the United States is high.

Source:  Michael Winter, “Flesh-rotting ‘krokodil’ drug emerges in USA,” USA Today, September 26, 2013.

The use of desomorphine, or krokodil, by drug abusers in Russia is increasing by 50 to 70 percent annually, according to data by the Federal Drug Control Service.

The average lifespan of a user of krokodil is between 1 to 1.5 years.

The market of krokodil in Russia is estimated to be $100 Million.

Source:”Russian Heroin Market Worth $6 Bln – Drug Police,” RIA Novosti, March 23, 2012.



According to the head of the Federal Drug Control Service in Russia, heroin is a $6 Billion black market and the largest illegal drug traded in the country. Marijuana has a market worth $1.5 Billion in Russia, and desomorphine (commonly known as Krokodil), is a $100 Million market in Russia.

Source:  “Russian Heroin Market Worth $6 Bln – Drug Police,” RIA Novosti, March 23, 2012.

(All black market values)