Archive for October, 2011

Hep B and C Services in US Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

October 31, 2011

Although substance abuse treatment programs are important contact points for providing health services for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, availability of services in these programs has not been well characterized. This article in Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, by Edmund Bini, Steven Allan Kritz, Lawrence Brown Jr., James Robinson, Pacific Northwest Node researcher Donald Calsyn, and colleagues, reports on a protocol CTN-0012 survey evaluating the spectrum of HBV and HCV services offered by substance abuse treatment programs within the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN).

Despite the importance of substance abuse in sustaining the hepatitis epidemics, the surveys found that few programs offer comprehensive HBV and HCV testing or HCV health care services. Because substance abuse treatment programs are an important point of contact to provide risk-reduction counseling, testing, and treatment for these infections, these identified shortcomings provide opportunities for public health intervention.

Citation: Bini EJ, Kritz SA, Brown LS Jr, et al. Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus Services Offered by Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in the United States. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2011 (in press).

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Evergreen Treatment Services Awarded LEAD Contract

October 13, 2011

Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), a community treatment programs in the Pacific Northwest Node, has been awarded a contract to develop and execute intervention plans for participants in Washington state’s new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program.

Funded by private foundations, the $950,000-a-year, four-year pilot program for LEAD offers hand-picked participants individualized alternatives to arrest, from inpatient drug treatment and educational opportunities to housing assistance and micro-loans for would-be business owners.

ETS, a nonprofit outpatient opioid treatment programĀ founded in 1973, was awarded the contract to create the intervention for LEAD participants who must voluntarily agree to be part of the program (in return for their participation, no criminal charges will be filed), and who will be largely selected for it by police officers on the street, who best know the neighborhood’s dealers, users, and prostitutes.

Congratulations to Evergreen Treatment Services for its participation with this new program, and good luck!

Read more about the LEAD program with ETS in The Seattle Times.