Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

HCV Spike in Four Appalachian States Tied to Injection Drug Use

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

HCV Spike in Four Appalachian States Tied to Injection Drug Use

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FROM MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT

Acute hepatitis C virus infections more than tripled among young people in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia between 2006 and 2012, investigators reported online May 8 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

"The increase in acute HCV infections in central Appalachia is highly correlated with the region's epidemic of prescription opioid abuse and facilitated by an upsurge in the number of persons who inject drugs," said Dr. Jon Zibbell at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and his associates.

Nationally, acute HCV infections have risen most steeply in states east of the Mississippi. To further explore the trend, the researchers examined HCV case data from the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System, and data on 217,789 admissions to substance abuse treatment centers related to opioid or injection drug abuse (MMWR 2015;64:453-8).

Confirmed HCV cases among individuals aged 30 years and younger rose by 364% in the four Appalachian states during 2006-2012, the investigators found. …

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