new recreational drug is taking flight among the meth heads:  bug spray.  More specifically, the budget party crowd is using spray that kills wasps, which can be inhaled or injected for a cheaper high when the top-shelf meth is presumably not available (this has actually been going on a couple years, bu the media is just catching up).  

The news says, “If you think someone you know may be abusing wasp spray, alert them to the dangers of the substance…” Sure, I’ll think about warning someone about the dangers of ingesting bug spray if I can stop laughing.

I’m sorry that people can be that addicted, but the larger point is that there is nothing that any of us can do to stop it.  Nothing.  Of COURSE bug spray is toxic!  Twenty-five years ago, the same worrywarts were warning about the idiots huffing Scotchgard spray, and there was media hand wringing over whether this otherwise legal product should be restricted or banned.

The War on Drugs is not only lost, but was NEVER winnable.  What does this have to do with physicians?  Doctors that lend their voices to drug control legislation, crackdowns, and all the rest are in my view, badly misguided.  You will not stop this self-harm, but merely drive it toward Chinese fentanyl and homegrown bug spray.  What you have accomplished is more government intrusion into your own practices, restricting your ability to use your own judgment regarding opioids in treating patients.  When physicians lend their sanction to self-interested politicians, sensationalist media, and public anxiety, they end up diminishing themselves without solving anything.  And that should bug us all.

Pat Conrad MD

Pat Conrad is a full-time rural ER doc on the Florida Gulf Coast. After serving as a carrier naval flight officer, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the Tallahassee Family Medicine residency program. His commentary has appeared in Medical Economics and at AuthenticMedicine.com . Conrad’s work stresses individual freedom and autonomy as the crucial foundation for medical excellence, is wary of all collective solutions, and recognizes that the vast majority of poisonous snakebites are concurrent with alcohol consumption. 

  7 comments for “Wasping

  1. PW
    July 22, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Darwinism at its best.

  2. Jesse Lee Belville,PA-C
    July 22, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Very true. Yes there are people who wake up every day and say I AM GOING TO BE A DRUGGIE TODAY. That is their chosen lifestyle. Cannot help those who will not help themselves. Sad , and encourage them to make a better choice.
    Negative stuff about marijuana is now being seen in multiple ER’s and Clinics across America. That will increase too.

    • Sir Lance-a-lot
      July 22, 2019 at 6:14 am

      It may be dumb to smoke (or ingest) a lot of weed, but it’s not harmful to anything other than one’s reputation and employment prospects.

      Anyone who goes to the ER because they got stoned is about as stupid as a person who would intentionally inhale wasp spray.

  3. Sir Lance-a-lot
    July 21, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Amen, Pat. Amen.

  4. Diane
    July 21, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Absolutely correct. Never winnable. Let natural selection do its job.

  5. Rick
    July 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Great piece, Pat, now please excuse me while I get my hammer out of my toolbox and beat my head with it.

    • arthur gindin MD
      July 21, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      I agree with your conclusions. My own recommendation is for the pharmacies to carry and sell ampules of morphine to any idiot that wants them.

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