Hepatitis A and the Opioid Crisis
UMass Division of Medical Toxicology Blog
by UMassTox
4y ago
As the opioid crisis continues, other health consequences of drug use are on the rise. Since 2016, hepatitis A has caused more than 230 deaths. As of August, 2019, there were 494 cases of hepatitis A in Massachusetts (and seven deaths) since the onset of the local outbreak in April of 2018. Individuals at highest risk for hepatitis A include people who: Use drugs (injection or other routes) Are experiencing unstable housing or homelessness Are in prison or were recently released Have chronic liver disease (like hepatitis B, hepatitis C or cirrhosis) Fortunately, a single dose of the he ..read more
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