Question of the Day – Tuesday December 12, 2017

Question: Heroin related noncardiogenic pulmonary edema occurs more frequently in which group of patients: males or females; patients using heroin for weeks to months or those using for months to years?

Answer: The cited reference notes heroin related noncardiogenic pulmonary edema “is more frequent in males and in people who have been using heroin for weeks to months, rather than months to years.” (Raja AS et al. Case 37-2017: A 36-year-old man with unintentional opioid overdose. 2017 NEJM 377(22): 2181-2188)