Risk for HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks in drug users concentrated in Appalachia, CDC says

Health The risk of HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks among drug users burst into the national spotlight last year after an HIV outbreak in a small Indiana town. Over the course of a year, 30 HIV cases ballooned to more than 190 infections attributed to intravenous drug use.

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention preliminary report has determined that 220 counties in the United States are at risk for similar outbreaks.

If there’s one benefit from the opioid crisis, it’s this

One out of every 11 organ donors is a person who has died from a drug overdose.

This statistic is according to new government data reported by The Washington Post.

The trend is a combination of rising drug-related deaths and efforts by advocates to spread the message of organ donation to more communities, even marginalized ones, according to the article.

State data lacking when it comes to babies born addicted

Beginning in July, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will collect data about all babies born addicted to opioids.

The longstanding problem is that data are scarce about the number of babies born dependent on drugs, according to a joint WITF/ NPR story. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services [DHS] Secretary Ted Dallas said the department has relied on “reasonably good” estimates.

About 3,700 babies on Medicaid were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome between 2013 and 2014 in the state, according to WITF.