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As the opioid crisis has deepened – about 10.3 million Americans reported that they misused opioids in 2018 – there has been a surge in bacterial and viral infections that threaten to make the crisis worse.
The rise includes an increase in bacterial infections caused by Staphlococcus aureus, a pathogen that is often resistant to antibiotics – and a climb in new HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases.
Bara Vaida has gathered story ideas, background reading and resources and a contact list for important sources on this topic.
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