The opioid epidemic has become an urgent health crisis of this generation, with the same devastating consequences as the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, a top health expert said.
The warning comes as an accumulation of HIV cases related to dirty needles to shoot heroin and fentanyl was discovered in the Lowell-Lawrence region, the Herald reported earlier this week.
That, along with more than 2,000 people who died of opioid overdoses last year, is an epidemic that is going in the wrong direction, "said Carl Sciortino, executive director of the Massachusetts AIDS Action Committee, fused with Fenway Health  "We do not reach everyone on the street … and we do not do enough to keep them alive," Sciortino said yesterday, "We're already losing a generation."
He likened the drug scourge to AIDS Epidemic of the early 1
"Our best prevention efforts are not appropriate for the scale of the crisis we are experiencing right now, "said Sciortino, a former state representative for Somerville and Medford." We are making good progress on the margins … but wi He also pointed to the news this week that has a worrying rise in HIV cases among addicts in Lowell and Lawrence health experts warns that Boston may be the next
The report of the State Department of Public Health shows an outbreak of HIV cases in the towns of the Merrimack Valley and in the surrounding communities. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contributed to the study, which since 2015 revealed 129 intravenous drug users with HIV in the Lowell Lawrence area. These are 11 cases in the same area in 2014.
While overdoses play a big role. Www.socialistgroup.eu/gpes/sessiond…04&place=STR Scirtino said that because of the Opioid crisis in Bay State daily due to ODs on opiate six people die
Dr. Matthew Mostofi, deputy head of the Tufts Medical Center's emergency room, said the embassy still had to go beyond the dangers of sharing needles and everything related to the shooting of drugs
"The intervention for the intravenous drug community must take place . " he said. "It is an enslaved community."
"But we're proactively trying to identify these people," he added.
He also drew a parallel to the AIDS outbreak of the 1980s, but emphasized the homosexual community's "Very Educated and Embraced HIV Prevention."
That's not the case with the opiate epidemic.
There is no quick cure, say health experts. An addiction just does not disappear.
This week, the state-sponsored Opiate Cluster report Needle Exchange – which began in Lowell and Lawrence – along with more HIV testing, treatment, and treatment, in addition to reversing naloxone, over-dos
As with Boston, the number is overdoses have increased dramatically, but the authorities say they have not yet detected a significant increase in HIV cases from intravenous drug use.
In Boston and the state of HIV / AIDS cases had been on the decline, making the top in Lowell and Lawrence a red flag for disease trackers.
"The situation of Lowell and Lawrence should raise more alarm bells than it is," said Sciortino. "This addiction is not an easy path, it's a lifetime commitment to treatment."