Don't Share Your Straw!

  • Sharing straws used to snort cocaine can spread blood diseases like Hepatitis C.
  • The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a blood-borne virus, and can cause long-lasting liver disease.
  • Hepatitis C can be detected in the nasal passage, and in straws which are inserted in the nose, report researchers in the October 1st edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Their findings support the hypothesis that hepatitis C can be transmitted by sharing straws or banknotes which are used to snort drugs.