Maine Opioid Conference: Discussing the Intersection of Overdose, Opiate Use Disorder, and Hepatitis C Transmission in Maine
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new HCV infections in the United States nearly tripled between the years 2010 and 2015 with the highest rates among young people, mainly 20- to 29-years old who inject drugs. CDC researchers found seven states have rates at least twice the national average—including Maine and Massachusetts. We are organizing this conference of health professionals to discuss the increase of new cases of HCV due to the opioid crisis in Maine. Throughout New England, the increase in reported cases of HCV closely mirrors the increase in opioid usage.