Pill Injectors at Higher Risk for Hepatitis C than Heroin Injectors

October 20, 2014 7:51 PM

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Pill Injectors at Higher Risk for Hepatitis C than Heroin Injectors

This month the American Journal of Public Health published an article with surprising new findings: People who inject prescription opioid analgesics (pain pills) are 5 times more likely to be hepatitis C infected than people who inject other drugs like heroin or cocaine.

The study also reports that people who share injection equipment, such as cookers, cottons and water are 4 times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C than people who do not share injection equipment. Last week I spoke with Jon Zibbell, researcher with the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Ce...

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