Find a list of your saved stories here

About half of state's inmates have hepatitis C, DOC finds


Save Story

Save stories to read later


Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections is asking for millions of dollars to treat the large number of inmates in New Mexico prisons who have hepatitis C.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1OmMFM8 ) that the Department of Corrections has found that about half of the state's prison inmates have the blood-borne viral disease. The department is asking for $10 million to supplement the current year's budget and an additional $2.4 million for the budget that begins in July.

The extra funding would go toward newer, more effective medication that also is more expensive. It would be enough to treat only a fraction of the infected inmates.

Inmates in a handful of other states have sued prison officials for failing to provide access to the newest medications.

___

Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

U.S.
The Associated Press

    STAY IN THE KNOW

    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast