Author Archives: Sonia Canzater

11.15.19

Legislators Should Think Outside the Box to Fight the Opioid Epidemic – Support of Safe Injection Sites is An Opportunity to Prevent Diseases and Overdose Deaths

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Many communities that hard being hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic are looking for innovative ways to increase efforts to reach out to PWID and reverse the exponential increases in overdose deaths, infectious disease, and substance use in their regions by operating supervised safe injection sites. The city of Philadelphia is well on its […]

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09.10.19

Hepatitis Policy Project Releases New Brief on Expanding Syringe Service Programs as an Essential Tool to Achieve Hepatitis C Elimination in the U.S.

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Institute Senior Associate Sonia Canzater and Infectious Diseases Initiative Program Director Jeffrey S. Crowley have authored the Hepatitis Policy Project’s latest “Big Ideas” issue brief that explains how expanding the number of syringe service programs (SSPs) is essential to improve the health of people with substance use disorder and stop the spread of hepatitis C […]

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07.11.19

Talk To Me, Baby! The benefits of frequent, high-quality conversations with babies on brain and language development

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Viral video of father and 18-month old son talking about a TV show. (Source: Comedian DJ Pryor) When I had my daughter, we were living on an Army base in rural Alabama. I was FAR away in every possible way from anything familiar to me as a lifelong New York City resident. I had no […]

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06.13.19

Hepatitis Policy Project Releases New Report on Eliminating Hepatitis C Among People Living with HIV

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The Hepatitis Policy Project has released a new brief that makes recommendations for how the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program can leverage its role at the forefront of the nation’s HIV response to also play a significant role in eliminating hepatitis C (HCV) in the U.S. by expanding screening and testing within its clinical network. The […]

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05.17.19

May 19th is NATIONAL HEPATITIS TESTING DAY – Get vaccinated. Get tested. Get treated. Get CURED!

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This Sunday, May 19th, is National Hepatitis Testing Day. The day reminds us of the significant health threat viral hepatitis can be, the means of prevention and treatment of infections, and the importance of regular screenings. The U.S. saw approximately 4,000 new cases of Hepatitis A in 2016. Hepatitis A (HAV) causes headache, fatigue, and […]

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01.23.19

Living in Fear of News Headlines: The Struggle to Maintain Mental and Emotional Health in Today’s Hostile Social Climate

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I am scheduled to write a post to this blog about once a month. I usually scan through the most recent headlines in public health and health care to write about a timely issue. However, of late I have been overwhelmed by the amount of bleak information in today’s news – spanning from the mildly […]

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12.21.18

While Lawmakers Focus on Fixing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural White America, Urban Black Men are Falling Victim to it at Catastrophic Rates… And No One Seems to Care

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Recent reports released by the CDC and the Washington, DC Medical Examiner’s Office are sounding the alarm of the toll opioid drug misuse is having on the lives of District residents. The CDC reports that Washington, DC has one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the U.S., at 44.0 deaths per 100,000 […]

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11.05.18

Being Sick Can Land You in Jail: Hepatitis C Criminalization

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Several U.S. states have laws that criminalize knowingly exposing another to viral hepatitis or other infectious diseases. The definitions of the crimes and severity of penalties vary. Some states specifically target diseases such as HIV and viral hepatitis in the statutes, while others impose penalties for exposing others to any infectious diseases.  While opinions on […]

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09.20.18

Congress Passes Major Opioid Response Legislation that Includes Funding to Improve Infectious Disease Surveillance

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Monday, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act by a 99-1 vote. The Act provides many changes to several federal health and human service programs to address opioid and substance use disorders. A critical component of this legislation is the inclusion of a $40 million appropriation from 2019-2023 to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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08.09.18

New Study Develops The Most Comprehensive Dataset of U.S. Hepatitis C Patients and Epidemiology

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A recent study published in July 2018 in the journal Advances in Therapy discusses the findings made by researchers who compiled the most comprehensive dataset available to describe the current hepatitis C landscape in the U.S. The study covers from 2013-2016, and, among other concerning statistics, shows a 234% increase in confirmed hepatitis C positive patients […]

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