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MRSA superbug infections on the rise among drug users
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MRSA superbug infections on the rise among drug users

A type of superbug bacteria called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is increasingly affecting those who use injections to abuse drugs, according to a new United States government report published recently. Thriving mostly on the skin, MRSA bacteria usually do not cause any major symptoms, but can prove to be deadly if they find their way into the blood stream.

Dr. Isaac See of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an author of the study said, “MRSA is on the skin, and as the needle goes into the skin it brings the bacteria with it.” The study findings are based on the data collected from 2005 through 2016 on infections that were diagnosed in patients at hospitals across Connecticut and in parts of California, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and Tennessee. Of the total data available, around 39,000 were invasive MRSA cases, which also included about 2,100 people used to injecting drugs. On conducting the analysis, the researchers concluded that individuals who used heroin and other injection drugs were 16 times more likely to develop severe illnesses from MRSA. Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, one of the authors, said, “Drug use has crept up and now accounts for a substantial proportion of these very serious infections.” It is worth mentioning that the number of people affected by invasive, bloodstream-infecting MRSA that occurred among injection drug users had more than doubled in five years, from 4 percent in 2011 to 9 percent in 2016.

Deadliest drug epidemic in US

The opioid epidemic is affecting each and every part of the U.S., with people succumbing to some or the other form of drug overdose. When users inject drugs like heroin, where the syringe often changes multiple hands, they often get into problem due to bacterial contamination. This can lead to serious illnesses like HIV, hepatitis C and cutaneous injection-related infections (CIRI), such as abscesses and cellulitis.

The recent study is the first of its kind to highlight the ways in which superbug bacterial infections are spreading. While the infection-control campaigns have been successful in bringing down the number of MRSA infection-related cases at health care facilities, it is important to highlight that these infections have been largely responsible for the death of many Americans prone to injecting drugs into their body. .

Taking preventive measures may help

While MRSA commonly causes mild skin infections like sores or boils, it can turn severely dangerous on entering the bloodstream, as it tends to damage one’s heart valves and cause several other fatal complications. Health officials in the U.S. maintain that MRSA is responsible for the deaths of as many as 11,000 Americans yearly. From causing severe itching, insomnia, collapsed veins to mental health issues and suicide, the dangers associated with drugs like heroin are extremely dangerous.

It is also important to understand that seeking an expert’s help is the only way to overcome addiction. If you or someone you know is addicted to heroin or any other form of illicit drug, Sovereign Health can help in finding the best rehabilitation center in the U.S. It is one of the leading treatment facilities in the country that offers customized heroin addiction treatment for women and men both. Women suffering from addiction can approach some of the state-of-the-art heroin addiction rehab for women. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with an expert to know the complete details about the affordable treatment program offered in the U.S.

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