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These data are consistent with a recent study reporting expansion was not associated with an increase in methadone-involved overdose deaths.
Scientists will test community-based approaches to prevent drug overdoses and curb high death rates.
Amid this crisis, state and local government officials have enacted laws and ordinances that make clean syringes harder to get.
In 2022, reported use of any illicit drug within the past year remained at or significantly below pre-pandemic levels for all grades.
Authorities encourage more health care providers to prescribe buprenorphine for people trying to overcome opioid addiction.
Two thirds of people who currently use drugs completed treatment, and most of those were cured.
Opioid substitution therapy may improve adherence to HIV medications.
People on opioid substitution therapy were more likely to adhere to antiretroviral treatment and achieve viral suppression.
However, only 6% of this population received hepatitis C care within six months after delivery.
A steep rise in drug overdose deaths during the pandemic led to greater availability of donor organs.
Someone dies of an overdose about every 5 minutes, often as a result of fentanyl and meth. Drug use also spurs HIV and hepatitis outbreaks.
West Virginia’s lawsuit against Janssen and others arrives amid a rise in HIV, hepatitis and overdose rates linked to the opioid crisis.
The White House strategy embraces syringe services, access to housing and naloxone as three science-based approaches.
More fentanyl in the drug supply increases fatal overdoses, but other factors also fuel the crisis in Black communities.
Plus: A HepVu fellow aims to geographically track hep C rates and overdose deaths and thus identify where risk is the highest.
The hepatitis bridge counselor will work in Guilford County and other parts of central North Carolina.
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