Hepatitis-C Linked to Almost One-Fourth of State Prison Deaths in 2008
Arizona Department of Corrections records show 75 natural-cause deaths, three suicides, two homicides and fourteen "pending" cases of 2008 prisoner deaths.
Of the deaths due to natural causes, 17 showed that Hepatitis-C complications were either the reason for death or a major factor. That calculates to a eyebrow-raising 23 percent.
Believe it or not, though, that figure isn't too high when compared with national rates of Hep-C among prisoners: Between 12 and 31 percent of U.S. prisoners are believed to be infected, according to an October article in sciencedaily.com.
There are so many cases of the liver-destroying disease, apparently, because prisoners love to shoot drugs -- and have access to the drugs and needles.