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Louisville's needle exchange program off to a good start

The mobile unit that is home to the needle-syringe exchange program. (Source:  Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News) The mobile unit that is home to the needle-syringe exchange program. (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of people visited Louisville's new syringe exchange program during its first week of operation.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness reported that 57 intravenous drug users received 1,352 clean syringes. Workers also collected and disposed of 189 used syringes during that time frame.

“We would expect to see significantly more syringes distributed than returned during the early weeks of the program since we give participants a week's supply," said Dr. Sarah Moyer, interim director. "It's encouraging to see that nearly 200 syringes have already been returned in the first week.”

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HIV tests were given to 12 people who visited the mobile unit.

"This is a great opportunity for us to work towards our goal of reducing the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C as well as connecting people to testing, treatment and other resources," said Moyer.

Anyone who tests positive for HIV or Hepatitis C will be given a referral for treatment and other services.

For more information on the Syringe Exchange Program visit www.louisvilleky.gov/health or call 574-6520.

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