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Researchers believe that lack of economic opportunity drives an increase in opioid use among local residents.
Opioid use disorder is fueling a rise in youth hepatitis C cases and a stabilization of a long decline in HIV among people who use drugs.
Experts are not certain what this latest trend signifies for the trajectory of the opioid use disorder epidemic, however.
After a reformulated version of the opioid painkiller hit the market in 2010, some with opioid use disorder migrated from pills to heroin.
But it is less supportive of safer consumption spaces.
In some non–U.S. nations, health care providers can prescribe medical-grade heroin and supervise patients as they take it.
This finding suggests sex between men and the sharing of drug-sniffing equipment are possible routes of transmission.
This holds particularly true for young people, who have seen rates for each skyrocket in recent years.
Nonprescription use of drugs like Vicodin can lead to injection drug use, which raises the risk of hepatitis C and HIV infection.
One underground site has operated for almost three years and has reduced both injection in public spaces and unsafe syringe disposal.
The proposed law seeks to address recent increases in opioid use, hepatitis C and HIV infections across the state.
The phenomenon of transitioning from nonmedical use of prescription opioids to heroin addiction is increasing solely among whites.
A look at the most notable HIV-related studies presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle.
White heroin users are injecting at higher rates and are less likely to use harm reduction programs than their minority counterparts.
The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates what the Southern city has done to help quell opioid addiction better than almost anywhere else.
Can supervised injection facilities help reduce U.S. HIV rates?
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