Crack Cocaine and Infectious Tuberculosis

  title={Crack Cocaine and Infectious Tuberculosis},
  author={Alistair Story and Graham Henry Bothamley and Andrew Hayward},
  journal={Emerging Infectious Diseases},
  pages={1466 - 1469}
We hypothesize that crack cocaine is independently associated with smear-positive tuberculosis (TB). In a case-control study of TB in London, 19 (86%) of 22 crack cocaine users with pulmonary TB were smear positive compared with 302 (36%) of 833 non-drug users. Respiratory damage caused by crack cocaine may predispose drug users to infectivity.