The Government says it is open to the idea of drug injection rooms for addicts.
Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White was responding to
recommendations of a drug treatment group which also called for better
detoxification and medical treatments.
The report from Merchants Quay and Ana Liffey Drug Project found 45%
of addicts are testing positive for Hepatitis C and a rise in
drug-related activity in Dublin city centre is expected during the
Feb. 3, 2013 – EDGEWOOD, Ky. (AP) — Statistics show cases of hepatitis C have exploded in northern Kentucky.
Due to the increase, the Independent Health Department District is offering free testing to anyone concerned about the chronic blood-borne disease that affects the liver. In addition, the department is encouraging high-risk groups to get tested.
The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/YEXCR3) reports the area had 23 cases of acute hepatitis C in 2010, 42 in 2011 and 44 in 2012. Officials have said the heroin epidemic in the area is likely a factor in the increase.