We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
Symptoms of TB can be masked by drink and drugs and an individual with a substance misuse problem may also find it difficult or be reluctant to access healthcare, or take their medication regularly if they do. This means they then pose an increased risk of passing infectious TB on to others and/or developing drug-resistant TB.
TB treatment can also be complicated in people with drug and alcohol issues:
- TB medication can lead to side effects such as liver toxicity, which is particularly dangerous for people who drink too much alcohol
- Injecting drug users are at risk of coinfection with viral hepatitis and/or HIV, which require careful monitoring and alternative drug-regimens
» TB and women