#Opioids and #Infectious Diseases: A Converging #PublicHealth #Crisis  (J Infect Dis., abstract)

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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.


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I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum (FluTrackers.com) in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.