Interest is growing in Good Samaritan laws aimed at saving lives by encouraging people who witness drug overdoses to call 911. The laws provide legal immunity from drug possession prosecution both for the person who overdoses and his or her companion who calls for help. These laws can help protect the health and safety of drug users. This article summarizes some of the work the University of Washington is doing to look at the impact of their recently enacted Good Samaritan laws.
It’s official. Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with more deaths than HIV infection, according to sobering new data presented by the CDC on Tuesday, November 8, at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Association for the Studies of Liver Diseases (AASLD) in San Francisco.
On 11/16, this webinar will present “Staying Safe” (Ssafe) a new strengths-based intervention to facilitate long-term prevention of HIV among young IDUs. Dr. Mateu-Gelabert will present the results of a pilot study whose participants reported large statistically significant increases in long-term risk avoidance practices and reductions in risky behaviors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
In this article, Congressman Michael Honda (D-Calif.) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) announce the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2011, which will establish four measurable goals that will help us keep track of progress in our war on this silent killer:
In a blog post noting the recent National Viral Hepatitis Technical Assistance Meeting - which was attended by several Philadelphia-area hepatitis advocates - Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Deputy Secretary of Health at HHS, offers federal updates on the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, released in May 2011. He poses the question,What activities are unfolding in your community to support implementation of the Action Plan?
The local Hep B Free campaign screened 200+ people at a Screening Day in October. A Hepatitis C coalition is scheduled to launch in January. A citywide hepatitis newsletter launches today (11/3!). Philadelphia hepatitis stakeholders should visit this blog post and post a comment to let Dr. Valdiserri know about the great work that’s happening around hepatitis in Philadelphia!