Sumary of New Mexico warns on wound botulism among drug users after several suspected cases:
- The state noted that two prior cases were reported in January, with cases primarily linked to injecting black tar heroin and methamphetamines..
- Most patients report skin popping or muscle popping black tar heroin, but the direct link to the germ is unclear, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
- Early symptoms may include weakness of the muscles that control the eyes, face, mouth and throat which could spread to the neck, arms, torso and legs, according to the CDC..
- Other symptoms, which usually appear several days after injecting contaminated drugs, include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, a thick-feeling tongue, dry mouth, and even paralysis….