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At least three deaths in West Virginia may be linked to a growing trend in Boone County, where police believe the drug users turning to be wasp spray as an alternative to methamphetamine.
Sgt. Charles sutphin by the West Virginia State Police said that the men with the cans of insect repellent for the creation of a “synthetic” version of the drug.
“We’re seeing it here, on the streets, in Boone County, sutphin told the Charleston’s WCHS-TV. “People are making a synthetic form of meth out of wasp spray.”
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Sutphin said that the wasp spray, it can lead to erratic behavior and excessive swelling in the hands and feet. He also warned that the users can experience a fatal allergic reaction to a synthetic drug after repeated use.
“What we’re being told, if you’re used to, you know, you might be able to use it once or twice and be fine, but for the third time in as well as your body hits, which is an allergic reaction that can kill you.”
The local station reported on Monday that its retail stores in the Boone County sold for close to 30 cans of wasp spray on a Friday only.
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The police believe at least three of the deaths by drug overdose the previous week and have been associated with the use of the spray as a meth substitute.