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Syringe Services Programs: Requesting a Determination of Need in Consultation with CDC – Webinar.

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People who inject drugs (PWID) are at risk for Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV infection through the sharing of needles and drug-preparation equipment. The risk of getting and transmitting HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne infections can be substantially reduced by using a sterile needle and syringe for every injection….

Using our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to Prevent HIV among Our Nation’s Youth

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Summary: Ahead of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Dr. Lansky recognizes the HIV disparities facing youth and actions to improve them. Last week, I attended the National Rx Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, which drew a crowd of nearly 2,000 policymakers, researchers, advocates, parents, and persons in recovery. The widespread abuse of prescription drugs,…

President Obama Addresses Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

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In remarks delivered at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, this afternoon President Obama discussed a range of actions being taken to address the nation’s prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic. This epidemic involves increases in unsafe and unsterile injection practices, which put people who inject drugs at high risk…

HHS Releases Guidance for Syringe Services Programs

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The United States is experiencing a growing opioid epidemic, which has made many communities vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who inject drugs (PWID). To address this issue, Members of Congress worked together late last year on a broad, bipartisan basis to revise a longstanding ban on the use of federal…

SAMHSA Announces Availability of $33M to Integrate HIV Services into Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment Programs for Women

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Editor’s Note: This announcement previously stated a funding amount of $11 million. It has been revised upon SAMHSA’s corrected funding availability of $33 million. Please see the below press release for more details.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016…

Liver Cancer Death Rate Increasing Faster Than All Other Cancers; Implementation of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Urgently Needed

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On March 9th, the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer  , revealing that the rate of new cases of liver cancer is rapidly increasing and the death rate…

Drs. Wolitski and Mermin Discuss Highlights of CDC Presentations at CROI 2016 (Videos)

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While at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston last week, Dr. Rich Wolitski, Acting Director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, had an opportunity speak with Dr. Jono Mermin, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about highlights of some…

Califf, FDA top officials call for sweeping review of agency opioids policies

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Editor’s Note: Reducing opioid misuse not only reduces deaths from overdose but is also key to reducing new HIV and viral hepatitis infections among persons who inject drugs. For more on the link between opioid misuse, HIV and viral hepatitis, see this CDC report. In response to the opioid abuse epidemic, today Dr. Robert Califf, the…