It’s Far More Than Overdoses: IV Opioid Users’ Diseases Overwhelm Hospitals

USA TODAY (10/08) – As opioid overdoses dominate headlines, more hidden casualties of intravenous drug use are overwhelming the hospitals tasked with treating them. Addiction clouds users’ judgement so much that patients thwart or reject treatment for their infectious and other diseases. And hospitals, taxpayers and people with commercial insurance foot the bill for repeated return visits that can cost from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year per patient. Read more

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