Indiana HIV outbreak linked to prescription drug abuse

February 26, 2015 12:24 AM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A quickly spreading outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana is being linked to injection of the powerful painkiller Opana — raising concern among health officials across the region and nation as they face an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Indiana state health officials said Wednesday that they have confirmed 26 cases, and four more preliminary cases, since mid-December, most linked to Opana injection and a few spread through sexual transmission. Officials said this is the largest HIV outbreak the state has ever experienced in one reg...

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