ST. PAUL — After years of running Minnesota’s largest needle
exchange, Brian Warden is beginning to see something new among the
increasing numbers of suburban and rural heroin users coming to trade in
“What strikes me about it is they don’t seem to have had what’s
traditionally called the gateway effect,” Warden said from his office at
Minnesota AIDS Project’s Mainline exchange in Minneapolis. “I had a
client here last week who has never smoked a cigarette, never smoked a
joint, never taken a pill, she says, yet she knows how to shoot heroin.”
Health officials found hundreds infected with a
disease that causes liver damage after a doctor admitted reusing
needles, but compensation has been hard to come by
– Villagers from a county in the central province of Henan say they are
still seeking justice almost two years after a doctor admitted reusing
syringes and nearly 1,000 people were found to have hepatitis C.
scandal, which has received little attention so far, started to unfold
in May 2012 when doctor Li Junchao was detained and charged with illegal
medical practices. For more than 30 years Li ran a tiny, run-down
clinic that served the village of Jinggang in the county of Qi.
Plastic surgery clinic warned of risk of infection
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington
state Department of Health is notifying 415 patients of a plastic
surgery clinic that they could have been infected when syringes and drug
vials were used multiple times instead of being thrown away after one
Patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center should
consider blood tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the
department said Tuesday. The risk of infection is low, but the blood
tests were recommended as a precaution for surgical patients of the
Spokane clinic from 2006 to last April.
The clinic stopped the practices after an April inspection, the Health Department said.