Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinor McCance-Katz recently issued an advisory letter regarding the importance of addressing HIV, hepatitis and the opioid epidemic. Following is the letter:
As Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, I urge the public health and
substance use treatment communities to focus on the synergistic epidemics of substance use
disorder, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis. To protect the health of our
nation, we must leverage every available resource to prevent, detect, and treat these frequently co-occurring conditions.