The latest research & treatment news about Hepatitis C infection, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment.

Previous

VA Delaying HCV Treatment to Veterans?

Back to News Homepage

Next

Can Hep C Be Cured in Just Six Weeks?

What a Pain!

May 12, 2015

Print this page

Adolescents and young adults who inject crushed painkiller pills is on the rise…and so is Hepatitis C.
What a Pain!

Painkiller addiction spawns new hepatitis C threat

By Don Sapatkin
The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

Public health officials are bracing for a new wave of hepatitis C infections, one unleashed by the epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction.

The blood-borne virus, on the decline nationally until a few years ago, is rising rapidly among adolescents and young adults, especially in white, rural communities. Those are the same areas where an epidemic of prescription opioid deaths first showed up over a decade ago, followed by a wave of heroin deaths.

Continue reading this entire article:
http://www.seattletimes.com/life/wellness/painkiller-addiction-spawns-new-hepatitis-c-threat/

2 Comments
Share
Share

Previous

VA Delaying HCV Treatment to Veterans?

Back to News Homepage

Next

Can Hep C Be Cured in Just Six Weeks?

Requirements for using and reposting articles

Comments

HepatitisCentral.com provides information regarding hepatitis and liver disease. Comments are available to the community in order to discuss these topics and obtain answers to questions through community members. The Editors at HepatitisCentral.com will not be responding to questions or comments posed in article comments.