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Drug Abuse Can Increase Infection

A new study finds that illegal drug users have an increased risk of being exposed to microbial pathogens. As a result, this group of people are more prone to serious infections and diseases.

 
Drug abuse can increase infection risk by encouraging the growth of germs and suppressing the immune system of the user.
 
“Drugs such as cannabis and opiates have been shown to directly suppress immune function. Methadone has also been shown to enhance HIV replication in immune cells. What’s more, dead or damaged tissue at an injection site provides an ideal anaerobic environment for certain pathogens to grow,” said Dr. Karishma Kaushik, one of the study authors.

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