Indianapolis public health authorities have recently warned that a dangerous mix of a street drug and bug spray can make people act like zombies. Until recently it was unclear what could turn local people into zombies, but a recent investigation revealed that the drug KD laced with a popular bug spray is the culprit.
We describe it as being like a zombie. They cannot talk to us,
Captain Chris Major of the city’s fire department said.
Drug users reportedly spray a common bug spray like Raid onto KD, tobacco, or marijuana and smoke it. Raid and other similar products contain high levels of a type of pesticides called pyrethroids which are partly to blame for the zombie-like behavior.
The drug is so powerful that many people pass out before consuming it all. Cpt. Major said that he and his crew found people very lethargic, drooling, and losing their body’s normal functions. Some of the users didn’t have any clothes on them, while others were feasting on grass or dirt they had just pulled from the ground.
KD Overdoses Are Very Frequent
Captain Major, who is in charge of the Indianapolis Fire Department Station 27, said his team was called to the scene of a dozen KD overdoses in a single day. The street drug is very powerful, and it can easily lead to an OD.
Researchers at Indiana Poison Center expressed concern over how easy everyone can buy KD. Users no longer need to find a drug dealer in a “shady street corner”. The drug is available online and, in some cases, Amazon delivered it to the users’ doorstep.
KD is synthetic so it can bypass conventional drug tests.
Captain Major said that he and his team cannot do very much to help those people. They can only call an ambulance and take their blood pressure. After being treated for an overdose, a user usually starts using the drug again.
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