Massachusetts opioid task force turns focus to rise of hepatitis C

September 08, 2016

The task force Gov. Charlie Baker formed to tackle the state's opioid problem is reassembling for the first time in 15 months to confront hepatitis C. The meeting of Baker's opioid working group is intended to address "new areas of focus," including the rise in hepatitis C cases, which went unaddressed in the group's initial report but experts say is largely tied to the heroin scourge, according to Marylou Sudders, the state's HHS secretary. The number of acute hepatitis C cases statewide has spiked nearly 80% in two years, and that the 311 cases public health officials identified in 2015 are likely only a fraction of the actual count.
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