What is ‘KD’? Various Drugs Laced With Bug Spray Leaves Users Zombie-Like
A new drug-fad sweeping the nation called ‘KD’ or “Katie” is causing overdoses at alarming rates. Officials in the United States have sounded the alarm warning people to stay away from the drug. The drug is readily available and extremely cheap. The users are left in a catatonic, zombie-like state.
What is KD?
Bug spray. KD is made up of a non-consistent variety of drugs that are all laced with bug spray. Yes, bug spray.
According to IndyStar, KD usually contains marijuana, spice, tobacco or even banana leaves, spiked with a dose of bug spray – usually something strong like Raid. When the user smokes it, they become “zombie-like high” for about 45 minutes.
At $20 for a bag of the hazardous mix, the drug is dangerously cheap, IndyStar reports. According to RTV6, some users are adding bug spray to random substances themselves.
What does KD Do to People?
Indianapolis firefighter Scott Lebherz explained to Indystar, KD gives users a 45-minute high that leaves them nearly unconscious. “You look at what it does to a bug,” he said, “and then you got to think what it’s doing to your brain, and your body, and everything else.”
Indianapolis Fire Department Captain Chris Major described what happens to people who smoke KD. “Their movements are slow and lethargic, a lot of drooling and a loss of function,” he said. We find them with their clothes off, eating the grass, pulling dirt out of the ground and trying to put it in their mouth.”
Indianapolis police claim they have responded to dozens of overdoses around the city. Capt. Major, meanwhile, said the fire department often finds people passed out with the bug spray still in their hand.
“That is how fast it has an effect on them,” he said.
How Exactly Does KD Get You High?
Bug sprays more often than not have high concentrations of pyrethroids, a pesticide that disables or kills bugs etc. According to a 2014 study by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, “Animal studies of pyrethroid toxicity have shown hyperglycemia and elevated plasma levels of noradrenaline and adrenaline” – basically meaning users get one huge adrenaline rush before a rapid comedown. The instant high can add to it’s addictive qualities.