Opioid Epidemic Causing Increase in Hepatitis, HIV Infections, and Infective Endocarditis

Opioid Epidemic Causing Increase in Hepatitis, HIV Infections, and Infective Endocarditis

Publication date: Jun 11, 2019

But another type of infection linked to drug use is also on the rise: infective endocarditis.

The drug use-associated (DUA) infectious diseases are on the rise across a range of disorders.

-The rise in endocarditis is making it clear that overdoses are not the only public health concern related to drug use,” said Asher Schranz, MD.

-Now, the spike in infectious diseases related to injection drug use is due to a surge in illicit Fentanyl analogs, alone and mixed with other drugs-in particular, methamphetamine. “

In 2018, Springer served on the planning committee for a workshop on integrating treatment for opioid use disorder and infectious diseases.

Many patients with DUA IE have other infections that also require treatment.

-If patients’ underlying opioid use disorder is not identified, and thus not treated, then they are often unable to get or complete effective treatment for their infections.

Surgeons may not operate on a patient who is unable to stop using drugs due to untreated addiction, or patients may be readmitted multiple times for poorly or untreated infections,” Springer added.

Experts agree that when a person is hospitalized due to DUA IE, or any other infection related to the intravenous intake of any drug, it is an opportunity to intervene and help reduce further harms.

The increasing number of patients with drug use-associated infective endocarditis is just another visible manifestation of the growing problem of DUA infections.

-Integrating treatment for opioid use disorder and infectious diseases is critical to ending these coalescing epidemics,” said Springer.

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Type Source Name
disease DOID Infective Endocarditis
disease MESH infection
disease MESH Infective Endocarditis
disease MESH HIV Infections
disease DOID Hepatitis
disease MESH Hepatitis
drug DRUGBANK Nonoxynol-9
disease MESH alcohol addiction
disease MESH multiple
gene UNIPROT MAP6
disease DOID hepatitis A
disease MESH hepatitis A
pathway BSID Hepatitis B
disease DOID hepatitis B
disease MESH hepatitis B
gene UNIPROT PDC
gene UNIPROT BEST1
gene UNIPROT CHL1
drug DRUGBANK Metamfetamine
drug DRUGBANK Fentanyl
drug DRUGBANK Diamorphine
disease MESH narcotics
disease MESH growth
pathway BSID Infectious disease
disease DOID infectious disease
disease DOID endocarditis
gene UNIPROT THOP1
disease MESH diagnoses
disease MESH virus infections
disease MESH infectious diseases
disease MESH community
disease MESH drug abuse
gene UNIPROT SSRP1
gene UNIPROT ALG3
gene UNIPROT NR4A2

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