Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders
A continuing education course for 7 ces
of reading and taking a post-test on:
Fulfills CA BBS & BOP mandatory substance abuse training and mandated prelicensure requirement
An estimated 3.5–5.3 million people in the United States live with
chronic viral hepatitis (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2010). Viral
hepatitis is often a silent disease whose symptoms and signs become
evident only after the disease has caused severe liver damage. The
symptoms of hepatitis can take decades to manifest, so many people
who are infected with hepatitis are unaware that they have the disease
and therefore do not seek treatment. As a result, between 2010
and 2020, an estimated 150,000 people in the United States could
die of liver cancer or other hepatitis-related liver disease (IOM,
2010). For many of these people, substance use will be a major factor
that contributes to or worsens their hepatitis-related outcomes.
All people who use or have used illicit substances are at risk of
contracting viral hepatitis. Injection drug use (IDU) is the primary
way of contracting hepatitis C, and people who use substances are at
risk for contracting other forms of viral hepatitis. Substance use disorders
(SUDs) do not cause viral hepatitis, but people can contract
or spread some types of viral hepatitis by sharing needles and other
drug paraphernalia. In people who have chronic hepatitis, continued
use of alcohol contributes to and frequently accelerates liver damage
(Bhattacharya & Shuhart, 2003), increasing the likelihood that the
individuals will develop cirrhosis or liver cancer.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
convened an interagency working group on viral hepatitis, comprised
of experts throughout HHS to develop a
comprehensive strategy for addressing the
prevention, screening, and treatment of viral
hepatitis, and for improving the coordination
of care and treatment of individuals infected
with viral hepatitis. The working group broadened
the scope of expertise even further by
soliciting information from other government
agencies, professional organizations, community
organizations, and members of the general
public. As a result of many months of work by
this diverse group of experts, HHS recently
released Combating the Silent Epidemic of
Viral Hepatitis: U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services Action Plan for the Prevention,
Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (also
called the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan) (HHS,
This TIP supports the goals and objectives
of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan by
providing information on the prevention and
treatment of viral hepatitis and by encouraging
behavioral health professionals to recommend
hepatitis screening for their clients who might
be at risk for hepatitis infection.
Viral hepatitis can be prevented and treated.
Counselors, health professionals, and administrators
in SUD treatment settings play an
important role in promoting the prevention
and treatment of viral hepatitis among their
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This TIP is organized into two parts:
Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs)
Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) are developed by the Center for Substance Abuse
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Cost of the 7 unit course is $88