AHA Guidance on Infective Endocarditis With Injection Drug Use

Prompted by the “unprecedented” increase in the occurrence of infective endocarditis cases among people who inject drug, the American Heart Association (AHA) has issued a scientific statement devoted to this challenging patient population. The statement provides a more in-depth focus on the management of infective endocarditis (IE) among this unique population than what has been … Read more

They Call It ‘Tranq,’ and It’s Making Street Drugs More Dangerous

Approaching a van that distributes supplies for safer drug use in Greenfield, Massachusetts, a man named Kyle noticed an alert about xylazine. “Xylazine?” he asked, sounding out the unfamiliar word. “Tell me more.” Tapestry Health Systems nurse Katy Robbins hands bottles of water to Kyle as he visits the harm reduction mobile unit in Greenfield, … Read more

HCV Reinfection Uncommon Among People Who Inject Drugs

Reinfection rates are low after treating hepatitis C virus in people taking opioid agonist therapy (OAT), even among those who are still injecting drugs, according to a new study. The findings, which are based on prospective data from 13 countries, including the United States, and were published in Annals of Internal Medicine (2022 Aug 8. … Read more