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Addiction Interventions for Injection Drug Use-Associated Infective Endocarditis (video)

Injection drug use has sparked an increase in endocarditis. Patients hospitalized with injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis had high rates of readmission, recurrent infective endocarditis and death. Despite this, addiction interventions were suboptimal. In this video, Editor-in-chief Dr. Joseph Alpert and Assistant Editor Alexandra Queen discuss new research on injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis. Read […]

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Are e-Cigarettes Safe?

As the popularity of e-cigarettes increases, concerns are being raised about their safety and lack of regulation. E-cigarettes are not regulated or taxed like normal tobacco-containing cigarettes. Unlike nicotine inhalers, the exact chemical content of the liquid that is heated in the e-cigarettes is unknown, and e-cigarettes have not been clinically proven to promote smoking cessation. […]

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Illicit Drug, Ischemic Bowel

In the young adult or middle-aged patient with abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea, a history of cocaine abuse is an important consideration in the differential diagnosis, as illustrated in this case. A 44-year-old male construction worker presented to our general medicine clinic reporting 1 year of recurrent, sharp, left-sided abdominal pain associated with frequent loose […]

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An Unusual Complication of Crack Abuse

Blog Feature. Crack cocaine abuse is highly prevalent in the United States. Though physical withdrawal occurs rarely, the compulsion to smoke crack is powerful. In this case, a patient attempted to smoke crack through her tracheostomy and aspirated her glass crack pipe. Case Report: A 50 year-old woman presented to the Emergency Department (ED) complaining […]

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Treating Patients High on Bath Salts: A Growing Problem

Emergency rooms and poison control centers across the country are seeing increasing numbers of people high on bath salts. Yes… bath salts. Sold legally in head shops and convenience stores, the bath salts are advertised as a bathing product, but people are snorting, injecting, or smoking them to get high. The problem is that users […]

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