Roanoke's Drop-In Center actively working to curb Hepatitis C

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Virginia's top health official says a surge in hepatitis C cases could be coming because of the opioid epidemic. One group here in southwest Virginia is working to reduce that possibility.

Roanoke's Drop-In Center offers harm reduction kits for those who use needles. They include bleach kits for sterelization and wound care kits.

It says harm reduction methods aren't always welcomed, but along side testing, they do work.

"The rates of of the Hep-C infection they are so high because they're not being tested. They're not seeing Hep-C as a true risk," Drop-In Center Program Director Pam Meador said.

The Drop-In Center is located in downtown Roanoke on Campbell Avenue. Walk-in hours and appointments for screening and support are available.