Having a hepatitis C virus infection, witnessing a friend or others experiencing a drug overdose, and having a history of frequent buprenorphine treatment are factors that may predict the risk for opioid drug overdose in high-risk opioid users.
Methadone Maintenance Therapy Associated With Greater Access to Physician Care in HCV-Positive Drug UsersMay 07, 2018
The investigators suggest that enrollment in a methadone maintenance therapy program may be helpful in providing access to HCV care in people who inject drugs.
The prevalence of opioid abuse has not only resulted in a substantial increase in drug-related deaths and HIV transmissions, but has also led to an increase in the number of people infected with HCV.
Most opioid-dependent pregnant patients understand that intravenous drug use is a major transmission modality of hepatitis C virus.
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