Study: Crackdown on Prescriptions Drove up Hep. C Infections

A key decision made to curb the opioid crisis not only made that situation worse, but also caused a surge in deadly hepatitis C infections, a new paper argues.

Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, and is, according to the paper, responsible for more deaths annually than any other infectious disease. Once infected, the virus can take ten to forty years to fully induce its effects; the results, however, are eventually deadly unless treated.