LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Authorities in northern New Mexico’s San Miguel County
said tainted heroin has caused one death and several hospitalizations among
people booked into the county jail in Las Vegas in the past month.
Detention Center Warden Patrick Snedeker said officials are using medical
screenings and other steps to try to detect warning signs of use of contaminated
heroin as people are taken into custody.
Snedeker said symptoms include seizures, hyperventilation, hallucinations and
dangerous changes in vital signs.
He said the first case was when a 41-year-old woman died Feb. 19, a week after
she was stricken at the jail and hospitalized.
According to the Las Vegas Optic , jail officials then
began seeing the same symptoms in other inmates who were chronic