[Source: Journal of Infectious Diseases, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Opioids and Infectious Diseases: A Converging Public Health Crisis
Tara A Schwetz, Thomas Calder, Elana Rosenthal, Sarah Kattakuzhy, Anthony S Fauci
The Journal of Infectious Diseases, jiz133, https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiz133
Published: 03 April 2019
A converging public health crisis is emerging as the opioid epidemic is fueling a surge in infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, the viral hepatitides, infective endocarditis, and skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs). An integrated strategy is needed to tailor preventive and therapeutic approaches towards infectious diseases in people who misuse and/or are addicted to opioids and to concurrently address the underlying pre-disposing factor for the infections – opioid use disorder. This commentary highlights the unique and complimentary roles that the infectious diseases and substance use disorder communities can play in addressing this dual public health crisis.
infectious diseases, opioids, opioid use disorder, substance use disorder
Issue Section: Perspective
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Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2019. This work is written by (a) US Government employee(s) and is in the public domain in the US.
This work is written by (a) US Government employee(s) and is in the public domain in the US.
Keywords: Public Health; USA; Opioids; HIV/AIDS; Hepatitis C; Infectious Diseases.