When I first heard the term “wasping” referred to as a drug, I thought it was a designer drug for White Anglo Saxon Protestants, something real fancy that you would find in your rich aunt’s medicine cabinet, or like freebasing swatches of Lilly Pulitzer fabric. Well, like most things in life, I was wrong. Very wrong. As it turns out “wasping” is a term for people who use anti-wasp spray to get a meth-like high, and it’s an epidemic of sorts in West Virginia.
According to The New York Post
West Virginia police say some folks have been using anti-wasp spray — to get a methamphetamine-like high.
“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,” Sgt. Charles Sutphin told WCHS.
“It’s a cheap fix, and you don’t know what their overall result of their usage of this is going to be,” Sutphin added.
This takes “It’s Like I’m Walking On Sunshine” to an entirely new level of WTF.
One resident said that the drug problem in West Virginia is so bad that addicts had to start trolling aisles in Home Depot for ways to get high, and surprise, surprise, it’s not good for you.
Locals said widespread drug use in the area was prompting people to find new ways to get high.
“Drugs are so bad around here. It’s so available to people, and then all the time trying things new that we wouldn’t even think about,” resident Diana Ferguson said.
Physical effects of using the wasp spray include erratic behavior and extreme swelling and redness of the hands and feet.
Extreme swelling and redness of the hands and feet, it’s like that Jeff Goldblum movie The Fly. You basically become a meth(ed) out Wasp who acts erratically. My guess is that soon RAID is going to be locked up with spray paint (if it isn’t already), because people have overdosed from it.
At least three people overdosed last week because they used the insect repellent to make synthetic meth, state police said Monday.
I would hate to see “wasping” become an actual thing thing, because that sounds awful, and not only that, but if everyone’s spraying around cans of RAID anti-wasp spray, the wasps are going to die out. And yes, they’re assholes who sting, but they’re assholes we need.