San Diego (Reuters) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a recall of Mexican black tar heroin after 13 cases of deadly “wound botulism” were reported by San Diego county hospitals in the last 60 days.
“Product tainted with flesh-eating bacteria can be returned to the point of sale or dropped off at the mayor’s office of any sanctuary city,” Newsom said.
The bacteria causes myonecrosis, a severe soft tissue infection that destroys muscle and carries a 70% death rate if left untreated.
When asked if customers could expect refunds for the infected product, Newsom said he is negotiating with cartel leaders and utterly rejects President Trump’s war-like approach to the problem.
“The worst thing we could do is declare war on flesh-eating bacteria,” Newsom said. “We tried a war on drugs and it didn’t work.”