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The Link Between Opioid Use Disorder & Hepatitis C
Posted on: 6/29/2017

New federal research reveals that Hepatitis C is diagnosed significantly more frequently in those patients also diagnosed with opioid use disorder.

In general, patients with opioid use disorder are more likely to have other health issues, including Hepatitis C, than the general population. Today, most new cases of this virus are among those who inject opioids, such as heroin.

Patients who contract Hep C often do not know they have it, which is why the virus is dubbed "the silent killer." ISMS urges physicians to screen ALL high-risk patients for Hepatitis C, consistent with the guidelines of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

For more information and patient resources, visit ISMS' Hepatitis C web page.

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