West Virginia Police Say People Are Using Wasp Spray for "Meth-Like" High

State Police in West Virginia are uncovering an emerging trend among people looking to get a cheap high: wasp spray.

They say people getting high by using the spray to create a synthetic form of methamphetamine and that this form of meth was responsible for three overdoses last week.

"We're seeing this here on the streets in Boone County," says Sgt. Charles Sutphin. "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."

Sutphin says the effects of using the wasp spray meth are erratic behavior, extreme swelling and redness of the body's extremities.

State Police say they are working with poison control and local medical centers to tackle the issue of how to treat individuals who get high off wasp spray.

Stores in Boone County reported selling nearly 30 cans of wasp spray in one day.

Source: CBS 6

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