Viral Hepatitis Associated With Illicit Parenteral Use of Drugs

Academic Article


  • Hepatitis surveillance case records of persons aged 15 to 29 years, with the dates of onset of disease during a 45-month period were cross-checked against state and municipal files of arrested drug-law violators. One hundred and eighty-three persons with hepatitis were known to use drugs parenterally and an additional 79 were suspected parenteral-drug users. Of these 262 persons with hepatitis associated with parenteral use of drugs, 92% were males. The 262 cases represent 16.6% of all cases of viral hepatitis in the 15- to 29-year-old age group in New Jersey. The data indicate that illicit parenteral use of drugs accounts in large part for the unusually high incidence of hepatitis among young adult males in New Jersey and contributes significantly to hepatitis morbidity. © 1968, American Medical Association All rights reserved.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Dismukes WE; Karchmer AW; Johnson RF; Dougherty WJ
  • Start Page

  • 1048
  • End Page

  • 1052
  • Volume

  • 206
  • Issue

  • 5