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Health Agencies Update
July 18, 2001

HIV and Heroin Interactions

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JAMA. 2001;286(3):295. doi:10.1001/jama.286.3.295-JHA10006-3-1

Upward of 30% of HIV/AIDS patients nationwide are intravenous drug users, yet little is known about interactions among the drugs of abuse, their treatments, and treatments for HIV infection. With new antiretroviral drugs and more treatments for cocaine and heroin addiction in the clinical pipeline, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has bolstered efforts to study possible drug-drug interactions. Recently, the institute held the first workshop on the topic and found serious gaps in knowledge.

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