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Infections Requiring Hospitalization of Injection Drug Users Who Participated in an Injection Opiate Maintenance Program

Stefano Bassetti, Matthias Hoffmann, Heiner C. Bucher, Ursula Fluckiger and Manuel Battegay

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 5, pages 711-713
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/338876
Infections Requiring Hospitalization of Injection Drug Users Who Participated in an Injection Opiate Maintenance Program

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A retrospective analysis of hospitalizations due to infection in 175 injection drug users was performed for the 3 years before and the period during their participation in an injection opiate maintenance program (mean duration during program, 2.6 years). Skin infections were the main reason for hospitalization. The injection opiate maintenance program did not reduce the incidence of infection leading to hospitalization among the injection drug users studied.

Journal Article.  1938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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