Wasping: The new drug trend hitting Ohio

New drug trend 'wasping'

A new trend north of Dayton could lead people here to emergency rooms if they’re not careful.

“I’ve never heard of wasping,” said Rocky Bowman, a senior at the University of Dayton.

He’s not alone.

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Multiple people NewsCenter 7’s Adam Marshall spoke with had never heard of wasping, which involves a mixture of wasp spray and meth.

Even though Bowman wasn’t familiar with it, he said he wasn’t surprised that it’s a new mixture used to get high.

“It’s just the way it is these days with people trying new things and trial and error,” he said. “So it’s just kind of depressing to hear that another crazy thing like that is out there.”

Wasping came to light recently after three people near Akron in Summit County were hospitalized due to the mixture.

“I don’t know how it’s getting there, and there has to be someone putting it out there,” said Mario Carson of Dayton. “We need to get to who’s putting it out there.”

Local addiction experts said mixing chemicals and drugs is common — especially with younger users.

Bowman hopes wasping is a trend that never catches on locally and quickly goes away.

“I’m sure they’ll find out that it’s awful for you and go from there,” he said.