West Virginia police say some folks have been using anti-wasp spray — to get a methamphetamine-like high.
At least three people overdosed last week because they used the insect repellent to make synthetic meth, state police said Monday.
“From what we’re being told, if you use it, you know, you might use it one or twice and be fine, but the third time when your body hits that allergic reaction, it can kill you,” Sgt. Charles Sutphin told WCHS.
“It’s a cheap fix, and you don’t know what their overall result of their usage of this is going to be,” Sutphin added.
Physical effects of using the wasp spray include erratic behavior and extreme swelling and redness of the hands and feet.
Stores in Boone County on Friday sold nearly 30 cans of the wasp spray, according to the outlet.
Locals said widespread drug use in the area was prompting people to find new ways to get high.
“Drugs are so bad around here. It’s so available to people, and then all the time trying things new that we wouldn’t even think about,” resident Diana Ferguson said.
“We have great grand babies, and to think what they’re going to grow up in, and what’s going to be available to them, and what people are going to get them to try… It’s really scary,” she added.
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