There is one compelling reason why parents should be concerned about a new drug making its way to the US from Russia. Once they find out their child is using, it is too late to save them.
Parents can hope and pray their child has enough sense to avoid a drug so dangerous it kills its victims within a couple of years, but the truth has nothing to do with making sense. Teens lack the ability to halt impulse decisions. Young adults haven’t reached a place where today’s actions impact tomorrow’s future and don’t forget those surging hormones.
According to dailymail.co.uk/news, these are the facts about Krokodil:
- The medical name for the drug is desomorphine.
- It is cheap and easy to make by mixing codeine with gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous. The recipe is cooked with the hope that the gas and paint thinner gets cooked off.
- There is always a residue or more of the gas and paint thinner remaining in the intravenous injection.
- Users are, in effect, mainlining gasoline.
- Gasoline causes the flesh to rot from the inside out.
- The skin of users becomes scaly, looking like that of a crocodile.
- Blood vessels burst and all tissue surrounding the injection site dies or rots.
- Most users develop gangrene, requiring amputations.
As many as three million users in Russia began in Siberia and the Russian Far East. The first two cases in the US happened a few days ago in Arizona. Will this cheap substitute for heroin take hold in this country? What is there to stop it?
The top three reasons why teens abuse drugs are stress, low self-esteem and self-medication. The number one reason for teen stress, low self-esteem and depression or pain is divorce. It won’t matter how often a parent tells other people that their child is handling the divorce well, the truth is that divorce hurts. The hurt doesn’t go away by ignoring it.
The self-loathing, feelings of isolation, feelings of betrayal, pain of separation and anger that children feel during, and years after, a divorce must be acknowledged and addressed. To do less is to invite illicit drugs into the home.
Krokodil is too dangerous to play games with. All a teen has to do is use the drug once after making a rash decision. The high lasts about 90 minutes, or half a lifetime to a teen. The pain goes away, the user feels good and he doesn’t worry that the drug is going to kill him slowly. Teens are invincible. Nothing lasts forever. Mama can always make it better.
Nothing thus far has been as unnatural and as unholy as pumping gasoline through the veins. Telling kids that drugs are bad or dangerous is not enough to keep them from using. These simple and natural things have proven to work to keep teens off drugs:
- Have dinner together every night, even on date nights, yours and/or theirs.
- Insist on knowing every friend.
- Encourage open and honest dialect without judging.
These natural things work because there is no way to hide from a parent who sees you every day. Kids are less likely to develop friendships with unsavory characters if they must first be introduced to parents. A child who is talking is less likely to hide feelings.
Keeping kids off drugs is the primary responsibility of the parent, not the school or that of law enforcement. Know your children and teach them that the brain, once damaged by drugs, will never again function as well as it did.