The hot new drug craze in West Virginia these days is “wasping,” a cheap ($5!) alternative to meth made from crystalized wasp spray that causes erratic behavior and extreme swelling and redness of the hands and feet.
Abused in combination with meth or on its own, wasp spray has been described by users as generating a ‘rush,’ feelings of déjà vu and a hallucinatory sense of smell, ABC News reported.
Users spray the liquid onto a metal screen, then hook that up to a battery charger which crystallizes it, then melt it down to be shot into their veins.
And how someone discovered that process is simply beyond me.
I mean: Somebody accidentally sprayed wasp spray on a metal screen, noticed it was a convenient way to collect the liquid, then thought: Hey, let’s hook up a battery to it and see what happens? God, drug addicts are so creative. If only they focused that energy on solving the national debt.
Stores in Boone County, West Virginia, reported sold nearly 30 cans of the wasp killer spray last Friday alone, so this trend has legs, so to speak.
‘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.
The active ingredient in pesticides is a class of molecules known as pytheroids, which is deadly to insects, ABC News reported.
In humans, pytheroids block normal nerve signaling and cause abnormal sensations, and in worse cases, they cause seizures or paralysis.
So…. pretty nasty stuff.
And the practice seems to be spreading to other areas.
via Daily Mail:
A man and a woman who appeared to be high on insecticide were arrested in Ohio last year, WCPO reported at the time.
They began hallucinating in jail and the woman became flushed and agitated.
‘Her body started to contort. It almost looked like if you spray a wasp, how they can kind of shrivel up and their body kind of cinches up,’ Inspector Bill Holland said.
The woman was returned to jail after hospital treatment, and Holland said she had ‘no recollection of what happened’.
Wasping. What a world.