Mother Jones ramps up the krokodil fear by comparing its victims to zombies. Check the headline:
Zombie Apocalypse Drug Reaches US: This Is Not a Joke (Graphic Image)
The article raises the zombie idea (but not the apocalypse one) briefly:
Other permanent effects of the drug include speech impediments and erratic movement. Rotting flesh, jerky movements, and speech troubles have prompted media outlets to tag krokodil the "zombie drug."
It also offers some Gothic details, as the headline suggests:
The drug earned its nickname—the Russian word for crocodile—because of the ghastly side effects it has on the human body. Wherever the drug is injected, the skin turns green and scaly, showing symptoms of gangrene. In severe cases, the skin rots away completely revealing the bone beneath.
And don't forget the long-term effects:
According to Time, the average user of krokodil only lives two or three years, and "the few who manage to quit usually come away disfigured."
MJ lives up to its promise, offering a gory photo for your shock/dismay/delectation:
We're keeping our multifaceted eyes on krokodil, dear Infocult readers.
(thanks to Jason K.)