The recent workshop on Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic included discussions that focused on infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic, giving particular attention to viral hepatitis, HIV, and endocarditis. The workshop addressed strategies to prevent and treat infections in people who inject drugs, 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.