(WXIN/Meredith) – A street drug that contains bug spray is taking a toll on drug users while producing zombie-like effects.
Officials in Indiana said they are seeing a big spike in overdoses from a drug called KD.
"We describe it as being like a zombie. They cannot talk to us," said Captain Chris Major of the Indianapolis Fire Department.
According to WXIN, Indianapolis fire crews found one guy crawling in the grass by the east side intersection, unresponsive and struggling to breathe after medics say he overdosed on the street drug KD.
"Their movements are very slow, lethargic, a lot of drooling, kind of a loss of function overall. We find them with their clothes off, they've done that to themselves, they are eating the grass, pulling dirt off the ground, trying to put it in their mouth," Major added.
"People will pass out while it's still in their hands, that's how fast it takes effect," he said.
Captain Major explained to WXIN that his team had nearly a dozen KD overdose runs in a single day.
"They don't know what's put in that stuff, who manufactured it, so they are really taking chances, which for some reason they are willing to do because as I said, we get the same people using over and over and over again," Major said.
Last year, Station 27 had about 5,100 runs, a good amount of those for KD overdoses.
But even when they show up, Major said crews cannot do much to help the user, except take their blood pressure and wait for an ambulance.
"You send them off to the hospital, they get checked out, in about two hours they may be here on the street doing it again because we've had multiple people, the same person multiple times in a day," Major added.
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