Is wasp spray really the latest pawn in substance abuse? The answer will follow.
But first let’s look at a more profound and pertinent answer regarding why reducing availability of a particular drug or alcohol does not often stop or reduce substance abuse.
So, for example, a beer lover is more likely to drink wine or spirits when beer is not available rather than say: Today’s the day I am calling Royal Life Centers for alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation or just stop drinking entirely. In addition, noble government efforts to jam and block Singapore exports of fentanyl and carfentanil may have helped reduce the amount of these super-deadly opioids in the streets of America. But have big brother’s efforts stopped or reduced the momentum of those engaged in the repetitive self-defeating lifestyle known as opioid dependence?
Although efforts should continue to reduce the amounts of deadly opioids on the streets, the key to winning any war on drugs is to decrease demand.
The Reality of Substance Abuse
Without a new recovery lifestyle to replace a previously longevity-unfriendly and decrepit lifestyle, a substance abuser with a favorite drug that is unavailable, is pre-programmed to find whatever is available.
Even people with some or much recovery experience—a professionally or self-help guided attempt to move from an active drug addiction lifestyle to a self-fulfilling lifestyle—have been in an attention deficit-activated relapse-mode where any replacement drug will do just fine.
For example, recovering alcoholics have relapsed by drinking mouthwash containing alcohol. Alcoholics in rehabilitation have drank perfume in a desperate attempt for fleeting serenity. Teens in residential treatment have taken turns cutting-off oxygen supply sufficiently to induce a hypoxic-brain-fog substituting as a “high”.
And the list goes on.
With that as a preface, let us now proceed with our expose of the latest in drug of choice-replacement insanity.
Wasp Spray Meth
Our unveiling begins in Boone County, West Virginia.
There, and possibly coming to a county and town near you, local law enforcement are advising that readily available wasp spray is being used as a methamphetamine or meth substitute.
Police report that they have found three overdoses linked to wasp spray over a seven-day period in July 2019.
Sgt. Charles Sutphin reported “[i]t’s a cheap fix” and individuals use wasp spray to make a para-synthetic version of meth.
Wasp spray-meth like dope has caused bizarre behavior and symptoms such as swollen and crimson-red hands and feet. The active ingredients associated with wasp spray can also precipitate increased heart rate, shortness of breath, headache, nausea, and seizures.
Consumers are advised by fellow users that the third self-administered episode is often fatal while wasp spray continues to fly off the shelves.
The insanity of addiction has been increasingly unveiling itself. See the reality of addiction and reach out. If you or a loved one wants to learn more about our substance abuse programs, please call us today. Our admissions team is available 24/7 at (877)-RECOVERY to answer your questions.