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The Truth about Hepatitis C and Drug Use

Nausea, vomiting, yellowing eyes and skin, abdominal pain, and fatigue are all symptoms of Hepatitis C. These symptoms can be slight or nonexistent, or they can be severe and debilitating. Nearly 500,000 people die each year from Hepatitis C complications. While Hepatitis C comes from a virus (HCV), almost 70 percent of those that contract the virus end up with a severe infection. Hepatitis C affects the liver and leads to liver cancer approximately 60 percent of all those who test positive for HCV. There is no vaccine for the virus available at this time.

With the seriousness of Hepatitis C being indisputable, the minimizing risk factors are critical. In the United States, the most common cause of Hepatitis C is through the transfer of contaminated blood via shared, used, or dirty needles. Intravenous drug use is dangerous and deadly in and of itself. However, the use of infected needles significantly increases the possibility of contracting Hepatitis C.

Currently, there are over 3 Million people in the US alone living with Hepatitis C. Many have no idea they have it and will infect more individuals unknowingly. In the last five years, the number of people that contracted Hepatitis C more than tripled. These increases are primarily due to the lack of knowledge about the virus and the increase in illegal drug use. The problem has become so severe that some hospitals have begun needle exchange programs for people to exchange old/used needles for clean needles in an effort to decrease the spread of the virus. Educational programs have also been implemented nationwide to ensure people understand the consequences of sharing needles or using dirty needles.

Hepatitis C is entirely preventable in the United States. If you or a loved one is involved in drug use with needles, please think twice and get the help you need. You deserve better than to end up as yet another statistic.

Women between the ages of 18 and 65 are welcomed to join the recovery community at Villa Tranquil. Here, you are given the necessary tools and education to manage your recovery journey. Don’t risk your recovery, take precautions to ensure you have the support you need to succeed. You’ve come this far, let Villa Tranquil help you go the distance. Please call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 to learn more.