Ky. lawmaker believes Louisville's needle exchange program may b - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ky. lawmaker believes Louisville's needle exchange program may be illegal

Posted: Updated:
In addition to clean needles, addicts can choose to receive help getting off drugs. In addition to clean needles, addicts can choose to receive help getting off drugs.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky lawmaker wants to make sure Louisville's new needle exchange program is legal.

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers is raising that question. Louisville's program gives clean needles to addicts regardless of whether they give dirty needles in return.

Stivers believes the state's new heroin law calls for a one-to-one needle exchange, and he wants Attorney General Jack Conway to issue an opinion as to whether Louisville's program is legal.

Conway, who is running for governor, was asked about the request during a campaign stop in Louisville.

"I'm going to have to take a look at his letter and what he's asking," Conway said. "And then I'll answer that question in the context of providing an opinion of the Attorney General."

The Metro Health Dept. released says the needle exchange does comply with the law, and that it's the best way to prevent the spread of disease and keep dirty needles off the streets.The Health Department says it's having a meeting with legislators in Frankfort on June 26 to discuss the issue.

Copyright 2015 WDRB News. All rights reserved.


Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.