Intravenous drug user

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

Intravenous drug users (IVDU) (also known as intravenous drug abusers (IVDA)) are patients who self-inject recreational drugs, most commonly heroin, although many other agents are frequently injected, including cocaine, prescription opioids and methamphetamine. 

Terminology

Intravenous drug users form part of a larger population of persons who use drugs (PWUD) 3.

Clinical presentation

Intravenous drug users may present due to a variety of complications:

IVDU patients are also at increased risk of disease due to often having other risk factors for disease, including long term tobacco use, chronic alcohol excess, malnutrition, poor living conditions, etc. e.g. pneumonia 2.

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rID: 68917
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Intravenous drug abusers (IVDAs)
  • Intravenous drug users (IVDUs)
  • Intravenous drug abuser (IVDA)
  • IVDA
  • IVDU

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