Most injection drug users, including those who succeed in kicking the habit, are left with a worrisome legacy: infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV). But for a variety of reasons, some former addicts who develop HCV-related liver disease—notably those receiving methadone maintenance therapy (MMT)—are confronted with barriers to getting much-needed treatment for their illness, barriers that sometimes force them to choose between dying of liver disease and risking relapse and a return to abusing drugs.
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