ER doctors seeing more Hepatitis C cases among injection drug users

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ER doctors seeing more Hepatitis C cases among injection drug users

Emergency rooms are seeing more cases of hepatitis C among drug users sharing needles.

An alarming trend in local emergency rooms.

ER doctors are seeing more cases of Hepatitis C among drug users sharing needles.

Emergency departments started screening patients 17 and older in 2015. Since that universal screening began, the ER at UAB hospital started to see more cases among people who inject drugs.

“This is an alarming problem,” said Dr. James Galbraith, an ER doctor at UAB. “There is a direct correlation between the Hepatitis C cases we’re identifying in this younger population, and the emerging opiod injection drug use, largely heroin.”

ER doctors did not start regularly testing for Hepatitis C until 2013 — once a cure became more readily available. Initially, testing was done on baby boomers, who account for 75 percent of Hepatitis C cases in the United States.

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