The Week in Review: July 7 – July 14, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017 News Recap Local New measures boost addiction treatment access in Victoria New efforts to expand treatment for opioid users in Victoria are putting addiction specialists in hospital emergency departments and supporting family doctors who provide opioid substitution therapy for patients. The initiatives by Island Health and the Victoria Divisions of Family Practice are intended to dovetail with the work of the South Island Ra...

Looking at the Twin Epidemics of HCV

Older and younger patients infected with hepatitis C (HCV) have different characteristics, and treatment needs to be tailored accordingly. The younger cohort needs much more comprehensive care if we are to eliminate hepatitis C; for the older boomer population, we need to diagnose them early in the course of disease, which means enhancing screening, and then treating them to prevent end-stage liver disease and liver cancer. Older HCV patients, who have ha

Victoria drug users welcome supervised consumption plan

Island Health is expected to reveal plans today to establish the first supervised drug consumption services in Victoria. It's an idea that's been talked about for more than a decade, but much more urgently in the past 12 months, as Victoria recorded the province's highest per capita rate of fatal overdoses. Two women who are longtime drug users spoke with On the Island host Gregor Craigie about what safe consumption services would mean to them. Read

New research supports hep C treatment for people who use drugs

Global health experts are today are calling for the removal of restrictions preventing people who use drugs from accessing new hepatitis C cures. So long as these restrictions exist, the goal of disease elimination will remain out of reach, they say. They are gathered in Oslo for the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users, where new research continues to highlight not just the pivotal role treatment for people who use drugs pla...

Hep C: an unnecessary epidemic

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, and it’s fitting to remind ourselves that Canadians’ lives are imperiled unnecessarily by hepatitis C — stemming from a lack of knowledge about the disease and from barriers to gaining access to treatment. New research recently published in the Lancet indicates that "viral hepatitis is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide." In Canada, an estimated 330,000-plus people have been infected by hepatitis C; that’s ...

London, Ontario declares ‘health emergency’ over rise in HIV and hepatitis C

The Middlesex London Health Unit is asking for more resources to combat an alarming increase in HIV and hepatits C infections, a situation it calls "a public health emergency." Injection drug use is a major cause for the skyrocketing rates, according to a statement from health officials issued Tuesday. London hands out 2.5M needles to addicts every year "The Middlesex London Health Unit will ask its board to consider reallocating health unit resou