Health Professionals Warn Travelers About Meth-Laced Soda

Methamphetamine-laced 7Up reportedly caused at least one death and sent several others to the hospital in an area of northern Mexico. The incident has prompted warnings by health professional in the U.S. to travelers.

Authorities in Mexico have removed the 7Up from stores shelves and coolers in and around Mexicali, which is just south of the border with California.

Law enforcement is investigating how the meth was in the soda, according to a post on Facebook by the attorney general in Baja California earlier this week and a release to the news media by the Baja California Health Department.

The cases reported were approximately 120 south of San Diego in the Mexicali valley.

Experts have warned travelers to that particular area to pay close attention to if the deals of their food or drinks are intact or have been tampered with.

Banner Health operates 28 U.S. hospitals across six states and said toxicologists at one of the hospitals and physicians in the emergency department continue to remain on high alert following the reports that drinks were tampered with.

If there is a difference in taste, smell or color of a drink, throw it away said one of the toxicologists with Banner.

Side effects from consuming a soft drink contaminated with meth include mouth and throat irritation, burning of the esophagus, nausea, vomiting, irregular or fast heartbeat and difficulty breathing, showed a release by the Banner medical staff.

The Baja California state attorney general opened an investigation into the meth-laced drinks that have caused at least one death while sending others to the hospital.

7Up products across the U.S. have not been contaminated said a spokesperson for the Dr. Peeper Snapple Group. None of the products made by 7Up that are sold in the U.S. have been affected.

Dr. Pepper Snapple is the owner and licensor of the 7Up brand in the U.S. and U.S. territories and that brand is not marketed or sold by them internationally.

People consuming the drinks or the food that is suspected of being contaminated should call the Poison Control Center in the U.S.

This past summer an article published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that over 70 travelers to resorts across Mexico, which are all-inclusive, had blacked out after they drank between a small and a moderate amount of alcohol, while many reported being assaulted, robbed or injured while unconscious.