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Substance Abuse Hinders TB Treatment
Date:1/27/2009

reened for TB or to begin or complete TB treatment, problems compounded by the fact that substance abusers have weakened immune systems. In addition, TB medications are usually metabolized by the liver, which can be damaged by substance abuse.

"Tuberculosis control and substance abuse programs need to work together to simultaneously treat the diseases of addiction and TB," the researchers concluded.

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The American Lung Association has more about tuberculosis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Jan. 26, 2009


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