(Meredith) -- Police in West Virginia say wasp spray, a common product sold in grocery stores, is being used as an alternative to methamphetamine. They think the spray could even be linked to as many as three overdoses.

Sgt Charles Sutphin of the West Virginia State Police told WCHS the physical effects of the spray include erratic behavior and extreme swelling and redness of the hands and feet. He added that the spray is especially dangerous because of its unpredictability.

"From what we're being told that if you use it, you know, you might use it one or twice and be fine, but the third time when your body hits that allergic reaction it can kill you," Sutphin said.

Law enforcement and medical professionals are now working together to determine an appropriate treatment for people who have used the wasp spray as a drug, and to prevent people from abusing it in the first place.

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