In England, UK, hospital admissions caused by bacterial infections associated with opioid use have increased annually since 2012, after 9 years of decline, mirroring trends in overdose deaths. The increase occurred among persons of both sexes and in all age groups and suggests preventive measures need reviewing.
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Mr. Lewer is a specialty registrar in public health, training with the London, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Deanery, and a member of the South London Health Protection Team at Public Health England. His research interests include the health of marginalized groups and the use of electronic health records for public health research.
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