Injection drug users: Hospital care and charges

Michael D. Stein, Mindy Sobota

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Injection drug users have high rates of hospital use, however, the specific contribution of injection-related infections to hospitalization has never been determined. After reviewing 92 consecutive admissions of HIV-negative injection drug users to Rhode Island Hospital in 1998, we found that 49% were related to infections and an additional 24% were due to the biological effects of the injected drug. Admissions that were for injection-related infections were significantly more costly than other admissions of injection drug users ($13 958 vs. $7906). We conclude that considerable savings may result from preventative care of this population, including instruction in skin-cleaning techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications
  • Intravenous drug use
  • Services research
  • Utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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