Report outlines integrated care recommendations for opioid use and infectious disease

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Drug overdoses involving opioids kill tens of thousands of people each year in the U.S., but that’s only part of the harm that the opioid epidemic has caused. The rise in opioid use is also driving dramatic increases in infections from HIV, hepatitis C virus and staphylococcus aureus as well as sexually transmitted infections, according to a report issued this week by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

The report, coauthored by Dr. Josiah Rich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University and director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, offers recommendations for integrating care for opioid use disorder (OUD) and infectious disease. READ MORE