“You’re looking at people who mix (a chemical) with a drug as a way to make more profit. Cutting your drug with ingredients has been a long-time thing that drug dealers have done to increase profits.”
~ Dr. Daniel Rusyniak, Medical Director, Indiana Poison Center
There is a frightening new drug trend gaining popularity in America – mixing marijuana, Spice, or other drugs with potent, dangerous insecticides like Raid or Black Flag. The resultant drug is called “Katie”, “KD”, or more accurately, “zombie”, because of the near-catatonia of the high.
A Growing National Trend?
To understand how this problem is growing, consider these incidents:
- Indianapolis – At least 17 mission residents overdosed on a mixture of Spice and insecticide.
- Tennessee – A man smoked a mixture of bug spray and methamphetamine before breaking into a home trying to cut himself in front of the family living there.
- Mississippi – Drug addicts use “hotshots” – crystallized wasp spray injected intravenously.
The Hazards of Mixing Drugs with Insecticides
“You look at what it does to a bug, and then you got to think what it’s doing to your brain, and your body, and everything else.”
~First responder Scott Lebherz
The active ingredients in insect sprays are pyrethroids, and although they are generally thought to be safe in the small exposures experienced during their intended use, high concentrations of abuse can be dangerous:
- Respiratory distress
- Muscle spasms
- Cardiac arrest
The danger is compounded because EMT workers and other first responders cannot give the proper critical aid when there are such unknown substances involved. During an emergency, they may not be able to wait for a laboratory analysis.
“Someone can go from extremely combative to suddenly unconscious, not breathing, and potentially in cardiac arrest…as soon as we catch up to one, they seem to introduce a new substance out there,” says Doctor Dan O’Donnell, the Medical Director for the Indianapolis Fire Department.
What Does All of This Mean?
As long as there are desperate addicts looking for a way to get high, there will be drug dealers who are willing to exploit them for profit – even to the point of death.
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