According to officials in the state of West Virginia, residents are now using Wasp Spray as an alternative form of Methamphetamine. The West Virginia State Police is calling it a "cheap fix" for the drug and have named it "Wasping". "From what we're being told, if you use it, you know, you might use it once or twice and be fine, but the third time when your body hits that allergic reaction, it can kill you," Sgt. Charles Sutphin said. Reported side effects include erratic behavior, extreme swelling, and redness of the hands and feet.
According to a recent study on Pesticides done by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pyrethroid is the chemical found in wasp spray that is the cause of the allergic reactions. Fatal allergic reactions are rather uncommon but a person could be seriously poisoned, according to Dr. Rutherford Rose of the Virginia Poison Control.
On Friday, July 12, 2019, 3 overdose deaths were reported in Boone County, West Virginia from the use of Wasp Spray. On that same day, 30 cans of Wasp Spray were sold in Boone County alone.
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