Hepatitis C Infection Rate Increases in Tennessee for Drug Users Who Inject

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Drug Rehab Nashville warns drug users to get addiction treatment, or utilize needle exchange programs to prevent the spread and contraction of communicable diseases, in response to a recent article published by the Wall Street Journal.

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People with untreated substance use disorders need to be able to access harm reduction centers that will help them manage their addictions safely

The heroin epidemic has spread to all corners of the nation, and carries with it more than the disease of opiate addiction. According to a recent article published on May 7th by The Wall Street Journal, the CDC has announced infection rates for hepatitis C have increased in direct response to injection drug use. The state is scrambling to establish effective resources to help curtail the infection further. Other states infected include Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. More than 70 percent of patients reported injection-drug usage. Drug Rehab Nashville is an addiction and recovery center in Nashville dedicated to treating patients with substance use disorders. Drug Rehab Nashville supports the implementation of safe needle exchange programs to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

The Wall Street Journal quotes a CDC researcher, “[the] geographic intersection among opioid abuse, drug injecting, and HCV infection in central Appalachia. . . underscore[s] the need for integrated health services in substance abuse treatment setting to prevent HCV infection and ensure that those who are infected receive medical care.”

Drug Rehab Nashville supports harm reduction measures to help redress the spread of communicable diseases. Programs like needle exchange programs provide injection users with clean needles in exchange for dirtied ones, no questions asked. Needle exchange programs stir controversy, despite their success in reducing infection rates among drug users, lay persons, and the addiction specialists which care for patients with substance user disorders.

An associate from the addiction detox center in Nashville comments, “Needle exchange programs can help reduce the numbers of infections drastically- we’ve seen it before. People with untreated substance use disorders need to be able to access harm reduction centers that will help them manage their addictions safely until they’re ready to get addiction treatment. Needle exchange programs help to get the doctors who will work with drug users safe from contracting diseases which can be prevented with access to safe needles.”

Drug Rehab Nashville is a drug and alcohol rehab center in Nashville. Patients are treated for the signs of withdrawal upon arrival. Patients enjoy full access to spa and salon amenities, meditation and yoga sessions, medically assisted drug treatment, and the full spectrum of drug counseling in Nashville including: intensive, one-on-one therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Each stage of therapy is meant to tackle addiction at its source and help patients understand the underlying nature of addiction and identify the factors precipitating addiction. Patients are provided 24 hour medical and psychiatric monitoring, along with instrumental life coaching from addiction therapists to ensure their progression to sobriety is seamless and easy.

For more information about Drug Rehab Nashville visit http://drugrehabnashville.org/ or call (615)348-5866 for more information.

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