Sepsis and IV Drug Use – Sepsis Alliance

According to a study published in 2014, 2.6% of people in the United States over the age of 13 years inject themselves with drugs. People who inject IV drugs are at risk for many illnesses, the most common being hepatitis and HIV. But whether people use these drugs occasionally or they are addicted to them, each time they inject a drug, they increase their risk of contracting infections and developing sepsis.Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body, such as pneumonia, influenza, or urinary tract infections. Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die. Many who do survive are left with life-changing effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and fatigue, and organ dysfunction (organs don’t work properly) and/or amputations.

Source: Sepsis and IV Drug Use – Sepsis Alliance

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