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By Judith Graham
VA Extends New Hepatitis C Drugs to All Veterans in Its Health System

 
Orange Count Registry
Vietnam vets blame 'jet guns' for their hepatitis C
By Lily Leung Feb. 14, 2016 
 
CBS News Investigates
Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can't afford
Dr. Raymond Schinazi played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA
 
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Hepatitis C drug costing VA, DoD millions
By Patricia Kime, Staff writer
We're looking at a company who is milking a cash cow for everything it's worth," Sanders said. 
 


VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic 12:27 a.m. EDT June 21, 2015
 


VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
, The Republic | azcentral.com 11:51 a.m. MST June 19, 2015
Dr. David Ross, the VA's director public-health pathogens programs, resigned from the working group. "I cannot in good conscience continue to work on a plan for rationing care to veterans," he wrote.
 


VA Region Stops Referring Patients To Outside Hospitals Thanks To Budget Shortfall
Michael Volpe Contributor ...According to a memo — the entire region has been forced to stop all “non-VA care” referrals due to a budget shortfall.
 

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OIG INVESTIGATES VA CHOICE PROGRAM PROBLEMS
Sen. Mark Kirk admitted the VA Choice Program is a failed joke in a letter to Secretary Bob McDonald despite attempts to fix it.
 

 
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Dried Hepatitis C Blood Exposure 11/23/2013 Weeks later inconspicuous blood transmits virus and more likely to cause accidental exposures to Hep C
 

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Out of all Vietnam Vets that used drugs (3% or 270,000), 90 to 95 percent of all GI users sniffed ("snorted") the drug or inserted a little in a cigarette and smoked it. Only 13,500 are assumed to have injected illicit drugs

In Vietnam, heroin use increased significantly in 1970, and by 1971 an estimated 10-15% of servicemen had used heroin. Interestingly, 11% of these users had used heroin prior to coming to Vietnam. Another overlooked factor in Vietnam heroin use was that it was primarily smoked. In a 1971 study of heroin addiction among servicemen in Vietnam, 90-95% of addicts smoked heroin and only 5-10% injected 5

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/veterans/pdfs/volumeiv/
psychologicalandneuropsychologicalevaluation1_5.pdf

The Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs by Edward M. Brecher and the Editors of Consumer Reports Magazine, 1972 some 90 to 95 percent of all GI users sniffed ("snorted") the drug or inserted a little in a cigarette and smoked it.

Recreational Drug Information Website relatively few were either dysfunctional or addicted users after their return to the United States (58)

 

Hepatitis C in Vietnam Era Veterans Bradford Waters, M.D. Staff Hepatologist, Memphis VA Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Tennessee, Memphis 90-95% of addicts smoked heroin and only 5-10% of that group injected



1988

Health status of Vietnam veterans. II. Physical health. The Centers for Disease Control Vietnam Experience Study. JAMA 1988;259(18):2708-2714. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=371899 A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the health status of Vietnam veterans found 3% had used “hard drugs,” including amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, heroin, psychedelics, phencyclidine and methaqualone. (See FY 1987)




•The Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs by Edward M. Brecher and the Editors of Consumer Reports Magazine, 1972 some 90 to 95 percent of all GI users sniffed ("snorted") the drug or inserted a little in a cigarette and smoked it.

•Recreational Drug Information Website relatively few were either dysfunctional or addicted users after their return to the United States (58)