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Opioid use is linked to risk of serious infections

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k657 (Published 13 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k657
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Prescription opioid use is associated with a higher risk for serious invasive pneumococcal diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia, a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine has found.1

As opioid use has increased in the United States the safety of prescription opioids has come under scrutiny. But most of the safety concerns have been over the potential for overdose and serious cardiovascular events rather than …

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