Treatment for hepatitis C virus and cannabis use in illicit drug user patients: implications and questions

  title={Treatment for hepatitis C virus and cannabis use in illicit drug user patients: implications and questions},
  author={Benedikt Fischer and Jens Reimer and Michelle Firestone and Kate Kalousek and J. Rehm and Jenny E. Heathcote},
  journal={European Journal of Gastroenterology \& Hepatology},
Illicit drug users are the primary risk group for HCV transmission, and will form the largest HCV treatment population for years to come. Sylvestre et al. 's study suggests that cannabis use may benefit treatment retention and outcomes in illicit drug users undergoing HCV treatment. In fact, there is substantial evidence that cannabis use may help address key challenges faced by drug users in HCV treatment (e.g., nausea, depression), especially when such treatment occurs in the context of… 

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