A look inside a Krokodil cooking den

Zhanna, preparing to shoot up some of the krokodil she's just cooked. 

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Zhanna, preparing to shoot up some of the krokodil she's just cooked. (TIME)

Julia Alexander, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:52 AM ET

All it takes to create one of the most addictive and powerful drugs in the world is some common pharmaceuticals and tools from a hardware store.

Video contains scenes of drug use and may not be suitable for all viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Krokodil, a substance that has been compared to a combination of heroin and meth, has become hugely popular in Russia. In the past couple of months, a small panic took over the United States following what seemed to be an appearance of the drug in the American party scene.

The drug not only causes irreparable damage to the body's internal organs, but it also corrodes the skin, causing deep holes to form around various bones. It's been referred to as the "Zombie drug" due to the intense incapacitated state it leaves its users in.

Emanuele Satolli, an Italian photographer who has been stationed in Yekaterinburg, Russia, visited a local den where a couple of prominent krokodil cooks lived. According to the video, at its peak in usage in 2011, approximately one million Russians were addicted to the drug.

The video follows Zhanna, a woman who is both heavily addicted to krokodil and one of the most popular cooks in her area. In the video, Zhanna says the only reason she can continue to feed her habit is because of the reputation her cooking abilities have given her.

According to Slate, there has only been one confirmed case of krokodil usage in the United States amongst rumours of a couple more. There have been no confirmed cases of the drug in Canada at this time.


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