Bacterial Infections in Drug Users

December 22, 2005 at 1:47 am Leave a comment

Source: N Engl J Med Nov. 3, 2005 Vol 353 N.18 p.1945-1954

Rachel J. Gordon, M.D., M.P.H., and Franklin D. Lowy, M.D.

Illicit drug use is a worldwide health problem. Annually, Approximately 5 percent of the global population, or 200 million people, use illicit drugs.1 In a U.S. survey, 19.5 million people 12 years of age or older, or 8.2 percent of the population, had used an illicit drug in the prior month.2 Injection is one of the most harmful routes of administration. There are an estimated 13 million injection-drug users worldwide, 78 percent of whom live in developing nations.3

Infections are among the most serious complications of drug use.4,5 Drug use plays a major role . . .

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