Scott County, Ind. needle exchange program extended to May 2016 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Scott County, Ind. needle exchange program extended to May 2016

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana's health commissioner has approved a one-year needle exchange program for Scott County.

The county can now operate the needle exchange through May 24, 2016.

Scott County is currently operating a temporary needle exchange. It's the first county to receive state approval. This is under a new law that provides exchanges if a community proves it's facing an HIV or Hepatitis C epidemic fueled by IV drug use.

Nearly all of Indiana's HIV cases have occurred in Scott County. One-hundred and sixty people have tested positive for HIV there since December.

The outbreak is tied to needle sharing among drug users.

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