Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Opioid epidemic fueling a rise in infection-related stroke

(American Heart Association) The opioid epidemic is fueling a steep rise in infection-related stroke hospitalizations. Injecting opioids, such as heroin, can introduce bacteria into the body which travels through the bloodstream to infect heart valves. Clumps of infected tissue can break off and travel to the brain, resulting in stroke.