West Virginia State Police said that residents “are making a synthetic type methamphetamine out of wasp spray”, which has now contributed to three overdoses in Boone County, according to ABC news.
According to a 2018 ABC News report, wasp spray can be abused either by itself or with methamphetamine. It creates a “rush”, feelings of deja vu, and a hallucinatory sense of smell. It can be sprayed directly onto meth or crystallized on hot metal sheets to be inhaled or injected.
The active ingredient in pesticides are molecules known as pythroids, deadly to insects. In humans, however, pytheroids block normal nerve signaling and cause abnormal sensations and in extreme cases, they can cause seizures or paralysis.
Stores in Boone County, West Virginia reported selling nearly 30 cans of 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,” said Sgt. Charles Sutphin.