Abstract #163 The Opioid Epidemic and Infectious Diseases: A Public Health Crisis – Sally Hodder
Summary: In the United States in 2016, there were more than 60,000 drug overdose deaths plus nearly 20,000 additional deaths from viral hepatitis. The number of acute hepatitis C cases has increased nearly 3-fold from 2010 to 2015; acute hepatitis B has increased 20%. Opioid-related infections are emerging at epidemic proportions.
Editorial Comments: This last abstract was more of a data review and call to action than a study. I included it because these days, hepatitis C will not be eliminated without addressing the opioid crisis. Click here to read the entire abstract.Share This Page