I've seen some pretty horrible shit secondary to drug use. But what happens here is, like many other things, a freaking cake walk compared to what's happening in Russia. My brother sent me an article today about Krokodil. It is to heroin what crack is to cocaine- a cheaper and less pure alternative- except it ROTS YOUR FLESH OFF. It's actually a little more comparable to meth in it's preparation in that it's made from over the counter drugs and a bunch of other shit that's toxic to humans. Apparently in Russia, codeine is available over the counter. The codeine preparations can be turned into desomorphine (similar to heroin) pretty easily in a lab, but the solvents used in this process on the street are pretty much just poison, so when the users inject, they end up with some pretty horrific wounds that often end up being gangrenous. Amputations are not an uncommon side effect. Here is the io9 article if this sort of thing simultaneously fascinates and frightens you as much is it does me. Fair warning- graphic rotten flesh pictures ahoy.
I can't explain why I find this so interesting. I guess the psychology of addiction is just really compelling to me. What is happening inside someone that they really cannot give up a substance that is literally costing them limbs? How does someone willing to inject heroin into their genitals to chase that feeling? Seeing stuff like this makes me feel a lot more sympathy for addicts. The willingness to face this much suffering for a feeling that lasts for a couple of hours is nothing short of insanity. Something inside them is clearly different.