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.
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