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Heroin Use and Infections

Article from Verywell Health by Megan Coffee, MD


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According to Dr. Megan Coffee, "Beyond deaths directly from overdoses, heroin use is also associated with infections which may -directly or indirectly - affect people long after the drug has cleared the system. Treatment for addiction may reduce the risk of overdose, but some infections may remain while others have created scars of a sort."

This article explains the three main ways heroin can lead to infections, and lists the different types of infections that can be contracted from heroin use.