By Clark Miller

Published February 27, 2020

Updated April 15, 2021

Hepatitis C, Hep A and other infectious drug injection-related diseases are on the rise in the U.S. “in wake of opioid crisis”, caused by unrelenting, continuing increases in high-risk opioid use.




Newly released data for Hep C incidence from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) add to accumulating evidence consistently affirming the predictable worsening of America’s lethal opioid epidemic by continued investment in contraindicated medical “treatments” including the “gold standard” medical provision of addictive, abused and diverted opioids for the non-medical condition of compulsive opioid misuse.

From the AXIOS report –

The rate of pregnant women with Hepatitis C was 5 times higher in 2015 than in 2000 due to the substantial level of opioid abuse in the U.S., according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Thursday

The big picture: 68% of pregnant women with Hepatitis C have opioid use disorder. Overall cases of the virus almost tripled in the past few years, an effect of the opioid crisis and the unsanitary use of needles by drug users, CDC previously reported.

By the numbers: Rates of pregnant women with Hepatitis C and opioid use disorder spiked 148%, from 87.4 to 216.9 per 1,000 deliveries. The rates among those who did not abuse opioids were much lower, increasing from 0.7 to 2.6 per 1,000 deliveries.

The more gold standard medical cure applied to diseased brains, the more high-risk use and deaths mount.

That’s a demonstrable pattern – despite efforts of popularizers of the failed medical OST “treatment” – that is not explained away abuse with known risks of fentanyl.

Hep C, Hep A, and other infectious diseases are on the rise in the U.S. “in wake of opioid crisis”, caused by unrelenting, continuing increases in high-risk opioid use, that high-risk use generated by iatrogenic (medical provider-caused) runaway prescription of opioids over decades against all indications, for the non-medical condition of common chronic pain, now driven and worsened by the runaway dispersal of addictive and diverted opioids (methadone and buprenorphine)  constructed without evidence of benefit as a medical “treatment” and fueling economies of abuse and high-risk use. And funded fraudulently with public healthcare money.

Against continued rationalizations (collaborative media/industry lies) for the failures of the fabricated medical “fix” for the medically-generated lethal opioid crisis – the increases in injection-related infectious diseases provide determinative confirmation of the predictable harms and failure of never-validated medical fixes for the non-medical condition of compulsive opioid and other substance use.


The more gold standard medical cure applied to “diseased” brains, the more high-risk use and deaths predictably mount.

Why A Critical Discourse?

Because an uncontrolled epidemic of desperate and deadly use of pain-numbing opioid drugs is just the most visible of America’s lethal crises of drug misuse, suicide, depression, of obesity and sickness, of social illness. Because the matrix of health experts and institutions constructed and identified by mass media as trusted authorities – publicly funded and entrusted to protect public health – instead collude to fabricate false assurances like those that created an opioid crisis, while promising medical cures that never come and can never come, while epidemics worsen. Because the “journalists” responsible for protecting public well-being have failed to fight for truth, traded that duty away for their careers, their abdication and cowardice rewarded daily in corporate news offices, attempts to expose that failure and their fabrications punished.

Open, critical examination, exposure, and deconstruction of their lethal matrix of fabrications is a matter of survival, is cure for mass illness and crisis, demands of us a critical discourse.

Crisis is a necessary condition for a questioning of doxa, but is not in itself a sufficient condition for the production of a critical discourse.

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