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It's far more than overdoses: IV opioid users' diseases overwhelm hospitals

from USA Today

Sarah Bolin's heart infection got so bad last month, the longtime heroin user was passing out by the time she got to Cincinnati's Christ Hospital. She was relieved the infection — called endocarditis — didn't require her to get a pacemaker or replacement heart valve like so many other "girls on the streets." It did require surgery to remove lesions from infected valves, a 10-day hospital stay and weeks of IV antibiotics and nursing home care. more


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