Prescription Drug Abuse and the Emergence of Hepatitis C in Rural Appalachia



Jennifer R. Havens, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
Department of Behavioral Science
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

July 29, 2014

Prescription drug abuse has emerged as a public health concern in the past decade, especially in rural areas of the United States.  Although designed to be taken orally, injection of prescription opioids is highly prevalent, putting users at risk for blood-borne infections such as hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV.

The webinar describes trends in prescription drug abuse and the relationship between injection of prescription opioids and HCV transmission over time (2008 - 2014). Longitudinal individual- and social network-level data will be presented as well as prevalence and incidence rates for HCV, HIV and HSV-2.

Webinar Slideset

SAMHSA Letter

Webinar Q&A