PMID: 13679792Sep 19, 2003Paper

Wound botulism among black tar heroin users--Washington, 2003

MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Abstract

During August 22-26, 2003, four injection-drug users (IDUs) in Yakima County, Washington, sought medical care at the same hospital with complaints of several days of weakness, drooping eyelids, blurred vision, and difficulty speaking and swallowing. All four were regular, nonintravenous injectors of black tar heroin (BTH), and one also snorted BTH. This report summarizes the investigation of these cases, which implicated wound botulism (WB) as the cause of illness.

Citations

Jan 24, 2012·Substance Abuse : Official Publication of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse·Bruce G Trigg, Samuel L Dickman

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