Monday, April 24, 2017

Deaths From Infections May be Masking Opioid Deaths

Aspirin also dampens the immune system.

by Maggie Fox
April 24, 2017

The opioid abuse epidemic is already bad enough but doctors may be missing quite a few cases because of the way deaths are reported, disease detectives said Monday.

People who take the painkillers may be more susceptible to infections, and opioid drugs also suppress the immune system, making it harder to fight off those infections, researchers told a meeting at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Opioid use can make people more likely to die from infections in two ways, Hall said. "It kind of dampens your immune system," she said.

"It can make immune system cells less effective at fighting off illness," Hall said.

Also, opioids make people breathe more shallowly and more slowly, which in turn raises the risk of developing pneumonia.

tags: drug use, drug abuse

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