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Researchers believe that lack of economic opportunity drives an increase in opioid use among local residents.
Opioid use disorder is fueling a rise in youth hepatitis C cases and a stabilization of a long decline in HIV among people who use drugs.
Experts are not certain what this latest trend signifies for the trajectory of the opioid use disorder epidemic, however.
A recent opinion piece in the Columbia Journalism Review argues that the distinction matters.
Health advocate David Whiters has mastered some smooth moves since overcoming addiction and hep C.
Indianapolis native Matt Heskett beat both opioid addiction and hep C. Now he’s paying his good fortune forward with activism and education.
After a reformulated version of the opioid painkiller hit the market in 2010, some with opioid use disorder migrated from pills to heroin.
In some non–U.S. nations, health care providers can prescribe medical-grade heroin and supervise patients as they take it.
This finding suggests sex between men and the sharing of drug-sniffing equipment are possible routes of transmission.
Experts say the deadly prescription painkiller could soon replace heroin entirely.
The city’s Harm Reduction Action Center is collaborating with local journalists for a four-part in-depth series about addiction in Colorado.
The national increase in acute HCV infection is related to the country’s opioid epidemic and associated increases in injection drug use.
The film follows three women leading the fight against heroin and prescription painkiller addiction in Huntington, West Virginia.
This holds particularly true for young people, who have seen rates for each skyrocket in recent years.
Nonprescription use of drugs like Vicodin can lead to injection drug use, which raises the risk of hepatitis C and HIV infection.
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