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Heroin Use Increasing in U.S. Population, Linked to Overdose Deaths, CDC Says

Heroin use has increased among men and women across most age groups and all income levels in recent years, according to the July 7 Vital Signs report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The report urges a 3-prong response, including preventing people from starting heroin use, treating heroin addiction, and using naloxone (Narcan) to prevent overdose deaths.

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AASLD 2014: Young Drug Injectors on Opioid Agonist Therapy Have Lower Risk of HCV Infection

Young people who inject drugs (PWID) who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy with methadone or buprenorphine have more than a 60% reduction in their risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV) over time, compared to those with no substance use treatment, according to a study presented Monday at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting in Boston. Findings were also published in the October 27 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Opioid Maintenance Therapy Linked to Lower Hepatitis C Rates for People Who Inject Drugs

Young drug injectors who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy using buprenorphine or methadone have a lower likelihood of becoming infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) than those who continue injecting or use other types of substance use treatment, according to a study published in the October 27 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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