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Global Commission on Drug Policy. (2013) The negative impact of the war on drugs on public health: the hidden hepatitis C epidemic. Geneva: Global Commission on Drug Policy. 24 p.

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The hepatitis C epidemic fueled by the “war on drugs” is sweeping amongst injecting drug users around the world, yet continues to be largely ignored. Access to preventive services is far too low and diagnosis and treatment are too expensive and inaccessible for most people in need. The report provides an overview of the hepatitis C virus, while exploring how the ‘war on drugs’ and repressive drug policies are failing to drive transmission down. Hepatitis C is one of the harms caused by repressive drug policies, yet it s both preventable and curable when public health is the focus.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Opioid
Date:May 2013
Pages:24 p.
Publisher:Global Commission on Drug Policy
Corporate Creators:Global Commission on Drug Policy
Place of Publication:Geneva
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > International aspects

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