How the Opioid Crisis Is Driving the Rise in Hepatitis C

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Feb 2019

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How the Opioid Crisis Is Driving the Rise in Hepatitis C

Reformulation of the pain medicine OxyContin in 2010 to make it more difficult to misuse directly led to a large rise in hepatitis C infections as drug users switched from the prescription medication to injectable heroin. Read more »

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Substance Use Differences Among Sexual Minorities

Individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual experience elevated rates of substance use and substance use disorders relative to heterosexuals. However, sexual minorities are a diverse group, with age- and gender-specific differences in substance use behaviors. Understanding these differences can help inform screening and treatment for those with elevated and underserved need.

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Study Links Long-Term Unemployment to Increase in Babies Born with Opioid Withdrawal

Babies born after being exposed to opioids before birth are more likely to be delivered in regions of the U.S. with high rates of long-term unemployment and lower levels of mental health services.

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Adolescent Marijuana Use Fell After Legalization in Washington

Marijuana use among teenagers in Washington state appears to have declined in the years immediately following the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2012, contradicting earlier estimates about the trend.

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Beau Kilmer

Beau Kilmer

Codirector, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Codirector, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

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