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The opioid crisis has caused a dramatic rise in hepatitis C cases, CDC says

  • Hepatitis C cases in the U.S. have risen by nearly 300% in recent years, a new report reveals — and injectable opioids are likely to blame.
  • The report, which was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that reported cases of HCV increased by 294% between 2010 and 2015.
  • The CDC notes the disease is “the most common blood-borne infection” in the U.S., affecting approximately 3.5 million Americans.
  • Seventeen states had hepatitis C infection rates that exceeded the national average in 2015, the CDC reported.
  • Seven states had at least twice the average amount of reported infections: Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • The national rise in hepatitis C cases, the report explained, is largely attributable to injectable opioids such as heroin and prescription drugs, as the primary risk factor for infection is injection drug use. Read more (5/12/17)

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I try to smile
Despite the vengeance looking at me,
Covered in your tomato paste,
A man of many parts
I try to forget.
Even the person of your passing
Lingers on.
More problems now
With all your bits and pieces.
I try to run,
And pinioned to this spot
In acres full of you,
Of dust and bones.
I try to weep,
With you looming large in my cell,
Of problems to the grave.
I try, I try
To unravel enigmas,
And each way I turn
I’m still holding you.
I try to smile
But you’re not smiling now.
In April death is dead
And all the new life lives
Upon our garbled inquest.

Poem by serial killer Dennis Nilsen in which he recalls the passing of Stephen Sinclair, his last victim. Nilsen invited Sinclair to his home at Cranley Gardens and strangled him to death when he passed out after consuming alcohol and injecting heroin.