According to West Virginia State Police, people in Boone County are turning to wasp spray to give them a “meth-like” high. This is according to a report from WRGB. It’s been used as a cheap alternative to methamphetamine.
Was Spray as Synthetic Meth
According to officials, the spray played a part in at least three overdoses last week. The spray causes erratic behavior as well as severe swelling in the hands and feet.
“In my opinion, 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,” one Boone County resident told WRGB.
METH FROM WASP SPRAY? Police in West Virginia are seeing a scary, new drug trend. https://t.co/1ALHovrljM
— KDKA (@KDKA) July 16, 2019
Some stores in Boone County sold nearly 30 cans of the wasp spray.
“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,” Seargent Charles Sutphin of the West Virginia State Police said to WRGB.
Boone County Police are working closely with poison control officials and local medical centers to figure out the best way to treat the was spray.
Drug dealers are making meth out of wasp spray and selling it in West Virginia.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 17, 2019
“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,” Boone County resident Diane Ferguson said.
First Lady Melania Trump was in West Virginia to discuss the opioid epidemic. It wasn’t reported whether or not she was made aware of the wasp spray problem going on.