A woman in the metro Detroit neighborhood of Pontiac paid her bills every month, deducted automatically from the $54,000 she had in her checking account. Her lawn was mowed by a friendly neighbor. The mail never piled up. That’s probably why nobody noticed that she had been dead in the backseat of her Jeep parked in the garage for more than five years.
Krokodil isn’t new: reports of the insane drug surfaced stateside in 2011, and its been used recreationally in Russia since 2002. But really, the drug — technically known as desomorphine — has its roots in ‘Murrica, where it was developed as an alternative to morphine in 1932. The current street version is a cocktail of codeine and other fun ingredients like paint thinner, gasoline and/or hydrochloric acid. Neat!