The opioid crisis is costing taxpayers a growing amount of money.
Pennsylvania taxpayers are shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars every year to treat a condition associated with opioid use.
That condition is hepatitis C, a viral infection that is common among intravenous drug users.
Chef Dean Gress said he never used drugs, but he still became infected with hepatitis C. He’s pretty certain he got the virus in the early 1980s as a young Marine getting a tattoo. It took a decade before he started having symptoms.
“You just walk around kind of like you have the flu all the time,” Gress said.
He tried different treatments, but they were ineffective. Like other hepatitis C patients, he faced a grim future.
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