Desomorphine AKA ‘Krokodil’ is a virulent drug that is spreading from Russia to other parts of Europe. The drug can be easily made from codeine, iodine and red phosphorus (match heads). The main ingredient codeine can be purchased without a prescription. Krokodil is 10 times stronger than morphine and the high lasts approximately 90 minutes. After that, a horrifying process starts. The street name in Russia for homemade Desomorphine is ‘krokodil’ (crocodile) reportedly due to the scale-like appearance of users’ skin. Since this mix is routinely injected immediately with little or no further purification, ‘Krokodil’ has become notorious for producing severe tissue damage, vein inflammation and gangrene, sometimes requiring limb amputation in long-term users. The amount of tissue damage is so high that addicts’ life expectancies are said to be as low as two to three years. In this series, Ashkan Honarvar tries to visualise and understand the effects of drug use on the minds and bodies of addicts. Krokodil is an extremely powerful drug that quite literally destroys the bodies and minds of its users. What drives people to these extremes?