hepatitis C

Congress Unlikely to Overturn Ban on Spending Federal Money for Needle Exchanges

Congress appears unlikely to overturn a ban on using federal money for needle exchanges, despite a severe outbreak of HIV and hepatitis due to increased heroin use in several states,The New York Times reports. The ban, put into place in 1988, prohibits federal money from being used to distribute sterile…

Prescription Painkiller Abuse Fuels Hepatitis C Infections: CDC Report

Prescription painkiller abuse is largely to blame for a big increase in the rate of hepatitis C among young people in rural areas of four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Acute hepatitis C infections more than tripled from 2007 to 2012 among young people…

Kentucky Considers Adopting Needle-Exchange Program

Kentucky legislators are considering adopting a needle-exchange program, in an effort to reduce the spread of hepatitis C among injection drug users. The nearby city of Portsmouth, Ohio, has had some success with a similar program, USA Today reports. In 2012, Portsmouth began a weekly syringe exchange in response to…