Luke Easter (Cleveland, Ohio)
Crocodile / Krokodil / Heroin
At first glance, this name conjures up images of the river Nile,
That most ferocious stealth fighter the one and only Crocodile,
Surely as that present day prehistoric monster signifies death,
A modern day version sold on the streets stymies your breath.
Unlike Alligators, Crocodiles have narrower and longer heads,
Another difference is teeth in the lower jaw fall along the edge,
And even though they appear to be similar to the untrained eye,
Bottom line is, a head on collision with either you will surely die.
Crocodile written about today is being sold on American streets,
It’s out of the river on dry land where the beast cannot compete,
The Neitzel family, sisters Amber 26, Angie 29 and mom Kim 48,
Treated for symptoms associated with Crocodile but is it too late?
Now most of Amber’s, “rose tattoo” on her calf has rotted her skin,
However, as with any addiction how, where and why did it begin?
Knowing destructive consequences before indulging in the 1st hit,
And also aware once you begin it is damn near impossible to quit.
All 3 are heroin addicts apparently that high was not high enough,
And if that doesn’t destroy your life they sought out stronger stuff,
Yet Amber claims she’ had been doing Crocodile 18 months unaware,
When they began this heroin substitute causing a flesh-eating scare.
By combining codeine tablets, paint thinner, lighter fluid, gasoline,
Along with other harmful substances this is a drug addicts dream,
It can make you howl like a lone wolf, even convulse in ecstasy,
You’ll rob, steal, sell your body because no high will ever be free.
Destroy your insides with the devastation of Cirrhosis of the liver,
Cold Turkey, you’ll sweat, scream, shake, pray for death and shiver,
Gangrene with large abscesses all over the user's body after a while,
Neitzel’s are going public alerting others of the danger of Crocodile.
The drug, also spelled Krokodil originally appeared in Russia in 2003,
How it made it to the purchase place, Chicago, is it really a mystery?
Kim being struck by Crocodile without knowing it underwent surgery,
As the destructive rapture of her skin, one look is by no means pretty.
Neitzels never suspected they were shooting a Russian knock-off drug,
So therefore, neither were they aware of the grave they had almost dug,
Months after surgery she remains disfigured, aware is Chicago’s DEA,
Agent Jack Riley, task force is canvassing… to find & put dealers away.
$25.00 for heroin will get 3 pops of Croc at 8 bucks apiece saving a dollar,
3 for the price of 1 with a George Washington left over for 2 Lucy’s, Holler,
With all the information insuring ultimate destruction lines are out the door,
Hopeless addicts seeking the ultimate high ignore warnings by seeking more.
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