JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A cash-strapped southern Indiana county that's awaiting state approval of its proposed needle-exchange program is turning to a nonprofit foundation to run the program.
Clark County Health Department officer Dr. Kevin Burke submitted a plan to state health officials Tuesday that calls for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to fund and operate the county's needle-exchange once it obtains the state health commissioner's approval. The program is aimed at slowing the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among intravenous drug users.
Burke tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky (http://cjky.it/1TPHLY9 ) that local officials turned to the Los Angeles-based nonprofit foundation because the county just north of Louisville is cash-strapped and Indiana law prohibits state funds from being used for needle exchanges.
Needle exchanges provide IV drug users with clean syringe to prevent needle-sharing that spreads diseases.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com