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Krokodil Tears – New moonshine drug gaining popularity

Russia is the biggest consumer of heroin in the world. Nowhere are the country’s drug problems more evident than in the Siberian town of Novokuznetsk, which lies on the Kazakhstan border. A new moonshine drug called Krokodil is gaining popularity in the area, and its effects on addicts are devastating.

There are many theories as to why Siberia is being flooded with narcotics. We visit the hub of the local heroin trade and meet those directly effected by the influx.

There is a lack of government-sponsored rehab centers in Russia, and opiates like methadone are banned. A new wave of Christian churches which have been demonized by some as religious cults are stepping into the void.

Krokodil is a drug that eats away users from the inside out. Its ingredients are cheap and readily available from local pharmacies, so we bought them.

  • A576Dave

    Why are there no subtitles on this documentary…?!

    • subtitles should load automatically, if not, click the CC button in the player and select your language.

  • Guest

    Did anyone have a problem with the ad in the second part? The video ran in slow motion despite refreshing the page and having a good internet connection. Could not watch the second part because of the ad was being displayed while the documentary was happening.

  • Rory

    The girl is slamming.

Duration: 25:16
Language: EN
CC available: EN
Resolution max: 1080p
Video Source: YouTube
Provided by: VICE
Published on: 2011-11-03
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