US Hospitalizations and Costs for Illicit Drug Users with Soft Tissue Infections

@article{Takahashi2009USHA,
  title={US Hospitalizations and Costs for Illicit Drug Users with Soft Tissue Infections},
  author={MPH Traci A. Takahashi and Matthew L. Maciejewski and MPH Katharine Bradley},
  journal={The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research},
  year={2009},
  volume={37},
  pages={508-518}
}
Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are common complications of illicit drug use. Studies at single, urban hospitals demonstrate high rates of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for these infections. This study sought to estimate nationwide and regional incidence and costs of hospitalizations for illicit drug users with SSTIs in the US. AHRQ’s Nationwide Inpatient Sample was used to conduct a retrospective cross-sectional, time-series study. Hospitalizations of illicit drug… CONTINUE READING