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Opioid abuse is a high-risk behavior linked to hepatitis C and other health consequences. Hepatitis C is primarily contracted through behaviors associated with injection drug use. It can be effectively prevented and treated.

Connection Between Opioids And Hepatitis C

What Is The Connection Between Opioids And Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection that is caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread through contact with the blood of a person with HCV. According to research, cases of hepatitis C in the United States tripled between 2009 and 2018. And the fact that this has coincided with the opioid epidemic …

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How Opioid Addiction Treatment Affects Chronic Pain

Opioid Treatment And Chronic Pain: The Risk For Addiction

Opioid drugs are commonly prescribed for the treatment of severe acute pain and chronic pain conditions. For some, opioids can be the only drug capable of effectively relieving pain associated with severe health conditions like cancer. Still, opioid medications carry a risk for dependence when taken chronically, and can lead to addiction if misused. Here’s …

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Opioid Treatment In Jail

Can You Get Opioid Treatment In Jail In 2022?

Opioid use disorder affects millions of Americans and their families in the United States. Within the criminal justice system, opioid use disorder is even more common compared to the general population. Unfortunately, most community or county jails in the U.S. offer limited, if any, addiction treatment services for people with substance use disorder and opioid …

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Drug Overdose Response

White House Response To Record-High Drug Overdoses In 2022

Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have reached record highs. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 106,000 Americans died of drug overdose in the 12-month period ending November 2021. Opioids, particularly synthetic opioids like fentanyl, are a leading driver of drug overdose deaths in the United States, …

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What Are The Dangers Of Nitazenes

Nitazenes: New Opioids 20 Times Stronger Than Fentanyl

According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2021 was the United States’ deadliest year on record. Data shows that was due in part to consequences of the opioid epidemic, and a surge in drug overdose deaths, which often involve synthetic opioids like fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. However, authorities …

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What Is Tranq Dope?

Tranq Dope: Why People Are Losing Their Fingers And Toes

Millions of Americans in the United States misuse opioids, including illicit opioids like heroin and illicit fentanyls sold on the street through the black market. Over the last several years, experts have warned that drugs sold on the street as “heroin” or “dope” are increasingly containing other toxic cutting agents, known as adulterants. One of …

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Venous Insufficiency

Venous Insufficiency From IV Drug Use

Chronic venous insufficiency is a medical condition that can develop as a result of intravenous (IV) injection of illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and meth. According to research, chronic venous disease is just one of many harmful consequences that can develop as a result of unsafe IV drug use. What Is Venous Insufficiency? Venous …

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Can Buprenorphine Be Used To Treat Opioid Addiction?

Can Buprenorphine Treat Opioid Addiction?

Research shows that opioid use disorder, also known as opioid addiction, can be most effectively treated with what is known as medication-assisted treatment. Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, combines behavioral therapy and drug counseling with the use of certain medications for opioid use disorder. Buprenorphine is one of three medications FDA-approved for this purpose. When taken …

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Uncommon Types Of Heroin

6 Uncommon Forms Of Heroin

Heroin is an addictive drug that most commonly comes in the form of a white powder, brown powder, or a dark, solid substance (black tar heroin). Heroin is an illicit opiate. While it is more well-recognized in its common forms, less common versions of heroin have also cropped up in recent years. If you or …

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Opioid-Induced Blood Clots

Can Opioid Use Cause Blood Clots?

Opioids are a class of drugs that are commonly prescribed for pain relief. They are the product of the opium poppy plant, typically grown in South America and Asia. A growing body of research shows that opioid drugs may lead to blood clots in the body that may result in potentially life-threatening issues such as …

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