The US opioid epidemic is driving a spike in infectious diseases

The US opioid epidemic is driving a spike in infectious diseases

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02019-3

Opioid addiction [kills tens of thousands of people every year] in the United States and the trend shows no signs of slowing. Now, public-health officials are worried about a surge in bacterial and viral infections linked to opioid abuse that threatens to compound the crisis.

This surge includes in unprecedented rise in bacterial infections β€” including those caused by Staphylococcus aureus , a [bacterium that’s frequently resistant to antibiotics] β€” and a spike in new cases of HIV and hepatitis associated with injecting opioids that threatens to undo decades of progress in corralling these diseases.

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