New Hep C Treatments
An educator from St John’s Ambulance spoke at the International Overdose Awareness Day Presentation.
He was able to clarify two points that have been of concern to some NSP clients.
What is hep C?
Hep C is a blood-borne virus that causes infl ammation of the liver. Approximately 30% of people who become infected with hep C “clear” the virus from their body during the fi rst 6 months of getting hep C. They will no longer have hep C, but this does not mean that they cannot get hep C again in the future.
For those who do not clear the virus, hep C becomes a chronic condition which may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
In Australia, it is estimated that over 230,000 people are living with chronic hepatitis C.
What does hepatitis mean?
The word ‘hepatitis’ means infl ammation of the liver.
What is hepatitis B?
Australia is leading the way for a NOhep future
References: World Health Organization 2015; Kirby Institute Annual Surveillance Report 2015.
The World Health Organization aims to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030
• 213,000 with hep B
• 230,000 with hep C
There has never been a better
time to treat viral hepatitis
MS Contin, a sustained release oral morphine tablet, is not designed for injecting. MS Contin contains insoluble materials, including wax-like polymers. Injecting MS Contin can result in serious disease and injury.
NTAHC does not wish to encourage or promote the injecting of MS Contin or other drugs, but has produced this resource to assist those who do choose to inject it, to better assess and reduce the risks to their health.
New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), also known as ‘synthetic drugs’ or ‘legal highs’ are chemicals which are made to act in a similar way to drugs like cannabis,
Opioids is an umbrella term for natural or synthetic drugs that are derived from – or related to – the opium poppy. Opioids attach to receptors in the central nervous system (CNS). Opioids reduce pain signals to the brain, therefore they are analgesics (painkillers). Commonly used opioids include oxycodone, morphine, codeine, heroin, fentanyl, methadone and – of course – opium itself
Methamphetamine (or methylamphetamine hydrochloride) is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant.