Methyldesorphine is a synthetic narcotic analgesic derived from morphine. It has no medicinal value in the US. This compound is listed as a Schedule I Narcotic controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act 1970.
First synthesized in Germany in 1940 and patented in the US in 1952, it has a high potential for abuse as with any potent opioid agonist, and is sometimes found along with desomorphine as a component of the home-made opioid mixture known as "Krokodil" used in Russia and the neighboring former Soviet republics. It is approximately 15 times more potent than morphine as an analgesic but if the 6-7 bond is saturated, the B isomer is some 50 times more potent than morphine.
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