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It’s ‘designed to kill’ but some addicts in Mississippi may be using it to get high

Sometimes drug users resort to inhaling bug spray or paint or other inhalants — all of which are dangerous.
Sometimes drug users resort to inhaling bug spray or paint or other inhalants — all of which are dangerous.

A sheriff in a North Mississippi County says some addicts are going to great and dangerous lengths to get high.

WCBI reports that Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said shooting wasp spray intravenously is the latest drug trend his office is trying to combat.

Cantrell said the new trend is called a “hot shot.”

“They take wasp spray and spray it on a screen wire. They hook it up to a battery charger and get it hot, which it crystallizes the wasp spray, and then they melt that down and then they shoot it into their veins,” said Cantrell to WCBI. “It just sends a heat all over their body, which meth does the same thing.”

A Google search for “wasp spray meth” brought up several results on how to cook the bug spray on a piece of chicken wire. The concept of using wasp spray as a way to get high could not be confirmed nor disputed on http://www.snopes.com/.

Gulfport police Sgt. Josh Bromen said that he was not familiar with a “hot shot,” but using inhalants to get high is nothing new.

“When someone turns to inhaling bug spray or paint or any type of inhalants, it’s usually a last resort,” Bromen said. “This stuff is designed to kill because it does an extreme amount of damage to your body and it’s not something we see on an everyday basis.”

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