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News reports this week in Summit County, Ohio are documenting a new, dangerous drug trend called “wasping” that involves meth and bug spray.1 Drug users are combining methamphetamine with white, foamy wasp and hornet spray to achieve some kind of new high that has already sent several people in Ohio to the hospital.

Drug users are abusing the insecticide with their meth in various ways, such as spraying it onto the methamphetamine or crystallizing the spray with heat before shooting it up into their veins. This use of both substances simultaneously allows them to achieve the high they’re after, but not without dangerous consequences.

Alone, methamphetamine abuse can cause harmful short-term effects such as:2

  • Increased alertness/wakefulness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Faster breathing
  • Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature
  • Paranoia
  • Violence
  • Psychotic behaviors

When combined with an insecticide, methamphetamine poses even more physical risks. This new drug combination is especially dangerous, as it has been shown to cause some of the following side effects:

  • Flushed appearance
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Body contortions
  • Memory problems
  • Disorientation

Vitals such as body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate may also be severely affected by this new drug combination.

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Authorities in Ohio are urging residents not to attempt this dangerous new drug trend as it could be deadly. If you or a loved one is struggling with methamphetamine abuse or substance abuse in general, it may be time for an intervention.

Getting sober can be a very challenging life experience for many addicted people, but with the right support, drug detox, rehab, and sober living can lead to a fulfilling lifestyle of wellness and sobriety.

Medically-assisted drug detox is the first step to achieving sobriety and it provides a safe and effective way to stop all drug abuse before enrolling in rehab. Contact Briarwood Detox Center today to learn more about our personalized drug and alcohol detox programs or to enroll at our Austin or Houston, Texas detox center.

 

References:

  1. https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/national/dangerous-drug-trend-wasping-hits-ohio-combines-meth-and-bug-spray
  2. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/methamphetamine
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