As NJ’s heroin epidemic grows, potentially deadly hepatitis C spreads

As the heroin epidemic continues in New Jersey, an infectious disease specialist is finding that a growing number of heroin users are testing positive for a potentially deadly virus they don’t even know they had.

Dr. Ronald Nahass, president of ID Care in Hillsborough, says the heroin epidemic is pushing up the number of hepatitis C cases dramatically.

“In our study, it was just over 40 percent of those admitted for detoxification for heroin were positive for hepatitis C,” Nahass said.

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