Commentary: The Hidden Health Crisis of the Opioid Epidemic

Representatives from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) and Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) recently penned an article about the link between hepatitis C and the opioid epidemic.

Per the article, the unprecedented rate of injection drug use in our country has created a new generation of hepatitis C patients under the age of 30, yet restrictions to hepatitis C cures remain. The article highlights NVHR’s State of Hep C report, which finds that many Medicaid programs are barring people who inject drugs from receiving hepatitis C treatment – a policy that is exacerbating the spread of the nation’s most communicable disease.

Read the article to learn more.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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