Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic: A Workshop
A one and a half day public workshop on the infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic was held. Participants discussed the scope of the problem, giving particular attention to viral hepatitis, HIV, and endocarditis. Attention was given to reducing the infectious disease co-morbidities of injection drug use, especially strategies that emphasize empathy, respectful treatment, and patient satisfaction.
Speakers at the workshop presented on how the opioid epidemic has changed the epidemiology of infectious disease. In panel and open discussion, participants discussed strategies to prevent and treat infections in people who inject drugs, especially ways to work efficiently though the existing public health and medical systems. Effective novel strategies were also discussed. Attention was paid to strategies that seem realistic, making efficient use of existing resources, as well as those that could not be implemented without additional funds.