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Hepatitis C Infection Among Young Injection Drug Users: Addressing an Emerging Trend

Hepatitis C Report Cover

In recent years, there has been an emerging epidemic of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among young injection drug users (IDU) in rural and suburban settings. Early this spring, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services convened a multidisciplinary technical consultation to discuss the existing evidence and to identify and define priorities for the…

NIDA Research Seeks to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Caused by Drug Use Behaviors

Compton & Khalsa

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the leading cause of liver failure and liver transplantation in the United States and people who inject drugs (PWID) are particularly susceptible to this disease with as many as 70% or more of this population testing positive for the virus. To make matters worse, PWID enjoy little if any consistent…

SAMHSA Announces New Funding Announcement for Rapid Hepatitis C Screening in Drug Treatment Programs

Ronald Valdiserri

Last week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) announced a new $1 million funding opportunity that supports rapid hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and referral to care in non profit opioid treatment programs (OTPs)—programs that offer medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.  Designed to address the…

Rapid, On-site HIV Testing: Increases Life Expectancy and Is Cost-effective

Dr. Jacques Normand

Incorporating rapid HIV testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence . This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid…

An AIDS-Free Generation

Dr. Nora Volkow

Despite great strides in treating HIV, and despite effective prevention strategies that have reduced its spread among many populations, about 50,000 new cases of HIV are still diagnosed each year. December 1, World AIDS Day, is a good time to remember not only how far we have come since HIV first appeared three decades ago,…

Celebrating National Recovery Month and Associated Efforts to Strengthen Viral Hepatitis Services

Ronald Valdiserri

September marks the 23rd annual observance of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).  Our colleagues at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) organize Recovery Month as an observance to educate Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable people with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live…

Increasing HIV Testing, Including Rapid Testing, in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Dr. Valdiserri

Although the U.S. has made progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections among injection drug users and their sexual partners, CDC estimates that injection drug users represented 9% of new HIV infections in 2009 and 17% of those living with HIV in 2008.  Since the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic began, more than 175,000 injection…

Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders

SAMHSA Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders

Our colleagues at SAMHSA have just released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP), Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders. This is an important and helpful step toward achieving the fifth goal of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, which calls on us to ensure that persons…

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