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Study: More than 250K people expected to die from infective endocarditis by 2030

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Researchers estimate that approximately 257,800 people are expected to die from infective endocarditis (IE) by 2030 with people who inject opioids at a greater risk, according to a study.

Researchers compared men with high frequency use with higher infection risk techniques compared to lower risk techniques for IE, and the likelihood of death as a result of IE by age 60.

For 20-year-old men the probability was 53.8% versus 3.7%; for 30-year-old men it was 51.4% versus 3.1%, and for 40-year-old men it was 44.5% versus 2.2%, respectively.

The authors suggested that “Adopting a harm reduction approach, including expansion of syringe service programs, to address injection behaviors could have a major impact on decreasing the mortality associated with the opioid epidemic.”

Barocas JA, Yazdi GF, Savinkina A, et al. Long-term infective endocarditis mortality associated with injection opioid use in the United States: a modeling study. Clin Infect Dis. 2020;ciaa1346, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa1346.