Appalachia is seeing an increase in Hepatitis C cases due to the prevalence of opiate abuse. CNN notes that the “hardest hit areas in terms of new infections are parts of Appalachia and rural areas of the Midwest and New England.”
An incurable disease, Hepatitic C cause symptoms such as fever, stomach pain, jaundice, nausea and joint pain. “Seven states — Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Tennessee and West Virginia — have rates at least twice the national average,” according to CNN.
Opioids Are Increasing Disease Transmission Rates
“These new infections are most frequently among young people who transition from taking prescription pills to injecting heroin, which has become cheaper and more easily available in some cases,” said Ward. “In turn many — most, in some communities — people who inject drugs become infected with hepatitis C.”
There were “2,436 [Hepatitus C] cases in 2015, with the highest rates among young people, mainly 20- to 29-year-olds, who inject drugs,” according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC actually believes the number to be significantly higher — approximately 34,000 cases in 2015, up from just 810 new annual cases in 2010.
Break Away From the Cycle of Drug Addiction
With the help of our innovating Neurofeedback Training program, our medical team can help you live free from harmful substances. This cutting-edge process allows the brain to function as well as it did before drugs and alcohol, or even better, rather than trying to “cure” the condition.
Take control of your life today. Personalized substance abuse care is available 24/7 at our state-of-the-art clinic. Call 844-299-0618 to speak with one of our qualified addiction counselors.
To Learn More About Opioid Treatment Click Here.
Read the full article at CNN.com