Indiana approves needle exchange for Clark Co.

Indiana approves needle exchange for Clark Co.
Dr. Jerome Adams (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Jerome Adams (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The state health commissioner of Indiana has declared a public health emergency in Clark County and is allowing county health officials to set up a needle exchange program.

The exchange program is already in place in five other Indiana counties, including neighboring Scott County.

"As the neighbor to Scott County, which has faced an unprecedented HIV outbreak tied to injection drug use, Clark County is being proactive in addressing its hepatitis C rates," said Dr. Jerome Adams, State Health Commissioner. "We appreciate the work that county leaders have put into their request to operate a syringe exchange program and applaud their comprehensive approach to addressing substance use disorder in their communities."

The public health emergency declaration will be in place for one year.

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