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Drug Alcohol Depend. 2001 Sep 1;64(1):117-20.

Injection drug users: hospital care and charges.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI 02903, USA.


Injection drug users have high rates of hospital use, however, the specific contribution of injection-related infections to hospitalization has never been determined. After reviewing 92 consecutive admissions of HIV-negative injection drug users to Rhode Island Hospital in 1998, we found that 49% were related to infections and an additional 24% were due to the biological effects of the injected drug. Admissions that were for injection-related infections were significantly more costly than other admissions of injection drug users ($13958 vs. $7906). We conclude that considerable savings may result from preventative care of this population, including instruction in skin-cleaning techniques.

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