Applying the Infectious Diseases Literature to People who Inject Drugs

David P. Serota, Teresa A. Chueng, Marcos C. Schechter

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People who inject drugs (PWID) presenting with injection drug use-associated infections are an understudied population excluded from most prospective infectious disease (ID) clinical trials. Careful application of the existing ID literature to PWID must consider their unique medical, psychological, and social challenges. Identification and treatment of the underlying substance use disorder are key underpinnings to any successful ID intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-558
Number of pages20
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Antibacterials
  • Endocarditis
  • Harm reduction
  • Injection drug use
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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