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Exploration of the physical health of dual users of heroin and crack in methadone treatment who inject or have previously injected drugs 

Heidebrecht F., Macleod M.B., and Dawkins L.

HEROIN ADDICTION AND RELATED CLINICAL PROBLEMS, April 2021, published ahead of print


Rhabdomyolysis related to acute recreational drug toxicity—A Euro-DEN study. 

Waldman W, Kabata PM, Dines AM, Wood DM, Yates C, Heyerdahl F, et al. (2021) 

PLoS ONE 16(3): e0246297. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0246297


Complications and hospital stay after endoscopic retrieval of drug baggies in body stuffers: an observational prospective study.

Shabani M, Kefayati M, Hassanian-Moghaddam H, Zamani N, McDonald R. 

Sci Rep. 2021 Mar 8;11(1):5359. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-84898-z. PMID: 33686170; PMCID: PMC7940431.


The Impact of Childhood Emotional Abuse on Pain Interference Among People with Chronic Pain who Inject Drugs in Vancouver, Canada. 

Prangnell A, Shoveller J, Voon P, Shulha H, Grant C, Milloy MJ, Kerr T, Hayashi K. 

Pain Med. 2020 Apr 1;21(4):704-713. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz233. PMID: 32266945; PMCID: PMC7139209.


Prolonged encephalopathy and associated nonconvulsive seizures from suspected pregabalin and tapentadol: Two case reports and review of literature. 

Haji K, Muthu S, Banakh I, Tiruvoipati R. 

Clin Case Rep. 2021 Feb 4;9(3):1362-1366. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.3772. PMID: 33768845; PMCID: PMC7981720.


Impact of opioid agonist treatment on mental health in patients with opioid use disorder: a systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. 

Moazen-Zadeh E, Ziafat K, Yazdani K, Kamel MM, Wong JSH, Modabbernia A, Blanken P, Verthein U, Schütz CG, Jang K, Akhondzadeh S, Krausz RM. 

Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2021 Mar 29:1-25. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2021.1887202. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33780647.



Foreign Body Aspiration Getting Weird: Crack Pipe Aspiration. 

Bulathsinghala CP, De Silva PR, Dadhwal R, Taweesedt PT, Surani S. 

Cureus. 2021 Feb 10;13(2):e13267. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13267. PMID: 33728203; PMCID: PMC7948311.


Candida Albicans Lung Abscess in an Illicit Drugs User With Hepatitis C Virus Chronic Infection. 

Zippi M, Toma A, Maccioni F, Pica R. 

Cureus. 2021 Feb 4;13(2):e13117. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13117. PMID: 33728135; PMCID: PMC7935243.


Exploring the Depressive Syndrome of Heroin Use Disorder patients. Relationships between Worthlessness/Being Trapped, Deficit Reward and Post-Withdrawal Syndromes

Authors: Della Rocca F., Novi M., Maremmani A.G.I., Pani P.P., Miccoli M., and Maremmani I.

Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems, Published Ahead of Print, February 18, 2021


Incidence and treatment costs of severe bacterial infections among people who inject heroin: A cohort study in South London, England. 

Lewer D, Hope VD, Harris M, Kelleher M, Jewell A, Pritchard M, Strang J, Morley KI. 

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Jul 1;212:108057. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108057. Epub 2020 May 6. PMID: 32422537; PMCID: PMC7301433.


Opioid-Associated Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Distinctive Clinical Features and Implications for Health Care and Public Responses: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. 

Dezfulian C, Orkin AM, Maron BA, Elmer J, Girotra S, Gladwin MT, Merchant RM, Panchal AR, Perman SM, Starks MA, van Diepen S, Lavonas EJ; American Heart Association Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research; and Council on Clinical Cardiology. 

Circulation. 2021 Mar 8:CIR0000000000000958. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000958. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33682423.


Psychotic Symptoms in Heroin Withdrawal: A Case Report. 

Sharma S, Kumar P, Singh R, Sidhu GS, Shah K. 

Cureus. 2021 Jan 11;13(1):e12620. doi: 10.7759/cureus.12620. PMID: 33585109; PMCID: PMC7872486.


Intrawound injection of heroin as a drug delivery route among a cohort of people who inject drugs. 

Huyck MA, Messmer S, Mayer SM, Yingling C. 

Health Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 18;4(1):e231. doi: 10.1002/hsr2.231. PMID: 33490636; PMCID: PMC7813019.


Factors Associated with Low Bone Density in Opioid Substitution Therapy Patients: A Systematic Review. 

Ramli FF, Syed Hashim SA, Mohd Effendy N. 

Int J Med Sci. 2021 Jan 1;18(2):575-581. doi: 10.7150/ijms.52201. PMID: 33390827; PMCID: PMC7757153.


Associations between opioid dependence and sweet taste preference. 

Garfield JBB, Lubman DI. 

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2021 Feb 1. doi: 10.1007/s00213-021-05774-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33527169.



Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders among Individuals Enrolled in an Emergency Response Program for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. 

Bakos-Block C, Langabeer JR, Yatsco A, Cardenas-Turanzas M, Champagne-Langabeer T. 

Subst Abuse. 2020 Dec 21;14:1178221820981998. doi: 10.1177/1178221820981998. PMID: 33424227; PMCID: PMC7756048.


Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies 

Angela M Wood, Stephen Kaptoge, Adam S Butterworth, Peter Willeit, Samantha Warnakula, Thomas Bolton, Ellie Paige, Dirk S Paul, Michael Sweeting, Stephen Burgess et al. 

The Lancet 

391:10129:p1513 - p1523 


Contribution of Risk Factors to the Development of Coronary Atherosclerosis as Confirmed via Coronary CT Angiography: A Longitudinal Radiomics-based Study. 

Kolossváry M, Gerstenblith G, Bluemke DA, Fishman EK, Mandler RN, Kickler TS, Chen S, Bhatia S, Lai S, Lai H. 

Radiology. 2021 Feb 16:203179. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2021203179. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33591887.


UK. Guidance: Wound aware: a resource for commissioners and providers of drug services 

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at risk of serious and potentially life-threatening wounds and other tissue and blood vessel damage, because of what they inject and how they inject it. (PHE – Pubklic Health England, 11.01.2021)


Untargeted Metabolomics: Biochemical Perturbations in Golestan Cohort Study Opium Users Inform Intervention Strategies. 

Li YY, Ghanbari R, Pathmasiri W, McRitchie S, Poustchi H, Shayanrad A, Roshandel G, Etemadi A, Pollock JD, Malekzadeh R, Sumner SCJ. 

Front Nutr. 2020 Dec 22;7:584585. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2020.584585. PMID: 33415121; PMCID: PMC7783045.


Comparing right- and left sided injection-drug related infective endocarditis. 

Clarelin A, Rasmussen M, Olaison L, Ragnarsson S. 

Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 13;11(1):1177. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-80869-y. PMID: 33441950; PMCID: PMC7806962.


Isolated Cerebral Mucormycosis in Immunocompetent Adults who Inject Drugs: Case Reports and Systematic Review of the Literature. 

Meyerowitz EA, Sanchez S, Mansour MK, Triant VA, Goldberg MB. 

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Nov 13;7(12):ofaa552. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofaa552. PMID: 33409328; PMCID: PMC7765436.


The marginal causal effect of opium consumption on the upper gastrointestinal cancer death using parametric g-formula: An analysis of 49,946 cases in the Golestan Cohort Study, Iran. 

Mohammadi N, Alimohammadian M, Feizesani A, Poustchi H, Alizadeh A, Yaseri M, et al. (2021) 

PLoS ONE 16(1): e0246004. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0246004


Opioid use as a potential risk factor for pancreatic cancer in the United States: An analysis of state and national level databases. 

Barlass U, Deshmukh A, Beck T, Bishehsari F. 

PLoS One. 2021 Jan 6;16(1):e0244285. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244285. PMID: 33406096; PMCID: PMC7787381.


Effect of opium consumption on cardiovascular diseases - a cross- sectional study based on data of Rafsanjan cohort study. 

Khalili P, Ayoobi F, Mohamadi M, Jamalizadeh A, La Vecchia C, Esmaeili-Nadimi A. 

BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2021 Jan 2;21(1):2. doi: 10.1186/s12872-020-01788-4. PMID: 33388044; PMCID: PMC7778811.


Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK 

This Public Health England report describes the extent of infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in the United Kingdom. (UK Government, Public Health England, Published 1 November 2013 - Last updated 27 January 2021)


Effect of initiation of medications for opioid use disorder on hospitalization outcomes for endocarditis and osteomyelitis in a large private hospital system in the United States, 2014–18. 

Jo, Y., Nosal, R., Vittori, A., Cordova, L., Vandever, C., Alvarez, C., Bartholomew, T. S., and Tookes, H. E. (2021) 

Addiction, doi.org/10.1111/add.15393.


Risk of Substance Use Disorder and Its Associations With Comorbidities and Psychotropic Agents in Patients With Autism. 

Huang J, Yang F, Chien W, et al. 

JAMA Pediatr. Published online January 04, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.5371


Wound Botulism Caused by Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A in a Chronic Parenteral Drug Abuser. 

Awsare S, Chirikian D, Lui F. 

Case Rep Neurol. 2020 Nov 12;12(3):422-427. doi: 10.1159/000510846. PMID: 33362521; PMCID: PMC7747075.


Insomnia Symptoms in Patients With Substance Use Disorders During Detoxification and Associated Clinical Features. 

Grau-López L, Grau-López L, Daigre C, Palma-Álvarez RF, Martínez-Luna N, Ros-Cucurull E, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Roncero C.

Front Psychiatry. 2020 Nov 17;11:540022. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.540022. PMID: 33312131; PMCID: PMC7704430.